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Dickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson, N.D.
Dickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson,  N.D.
TitleDickinson oil celebration, parade, Dickinson, N.D.
Date of Original1954-05-07
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of some of the parade festivities commemorating the Queen City Refinery. On this day, the refinery processed its first North Dakota crude oil. In this photograph, spectators are viewing a large silver float with a large cartoon man with a cowboy hat which reads "Dick sez 'howdy folks!'" through downtown Dickinson. Automobiles are parked along the sides of the street, and several businesses can be identified, including the Standard Oil gas station, the Ray Hotel and Village Inn.
General SubjectOil
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Parades & processions
Floats (Parades)
Petroleum industry
Automobile service stations
Business districts
Organization NameQueen City Refinery of Dickinson (Dickinson, N.D.)
Standard Oil Gas Station (Dickinson, N.D.)
Standard Oil Company
Ray Hotel (Dickinson, N.D.)
Village Inn (Dickinson, N.D.)
LocationDickinson (N.D.)
Item Number1-28-194-8
Negative Number1-28-194-8
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 5 in.
Transcription"Dickinson oil celebration May 7, 1954"--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.
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 (1-28-194-8)
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 IDws1281948
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