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Ytterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D.
Ytterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D.
TitleYtterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D.
Date of Original195-
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionThe second directional well, the Ytterdahl No. 2...drilled by Worley & Harrell for Amerada Petroleum Corporation.
General SubjectOil
Business & industry
Subject (LCTGM)Petroleum industry
Petroleum workers
Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Organization NameAmerada Petroleum Corporation
Worley & Harrell Inc. (Williston, N.D.)
LocationNorth Dakota
Item Number1-28-21-1
Negative Number1-28-21-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Transcription"2nd Directional well, south of River"--Handwritten on envelope containing negatives
NotesTitle created by staff.
Biography/HistoryWilliam E. "Bill" Shemorry was a native of Williston, N.D. who began work in the newspaper industry as a newsboy selling the Williston Herald and the Williams County Farmers Press. In 1953, he started to publish the Williston Plains Reporter, which he operated for 25 years before selling to the Williston Herald. Shemorry then began to concentrate on his own writing and photography. In addition to writing many books on the history of Williams County, he also collected photographs of early North Dakota photographers. Shemorry was an active member of the Williston Fire Department, was Civil Defense Chief of Williams County for three years in the 1950's, and was a combat photographer in World War II. Shemorry's photograph of the discovery of oil in North Dakota on April 4, 1951 at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 is one of the most famous oil photographs ever taken, and was published in many national publications.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe description information was derived from Shemorry's book: Mud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin, p. 119.
Repository InstitutionState Historical Society of North Dakota
Repository CollectionWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection Mss 10958
Credit LineState Historical Society of North Dakota, William E. (Bill) Shemorry Photograph Collection (1-28-21-1)
Rights ManagementPermission to reproduce this image must be requested from the State Historical Society of North Dakota.
Ordering InformationTo order a reproduction, inquire about the collection, or provide information about an image, please email Emily E. Schultz at
Digital IDws128211
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