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Aerial view of El Rancho motel with draw in addition, Williston, N.D.
Aerial view of El Rancho motel with draw in addition, Williston, N.D.
TitleAerial view of El Rancho motel with draw in addition, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original195-?
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionAerial view overlooking the Best Western, El Rancho Motel in Williston, N.D. On the left there is an addition to the building drawn in on the photograph. There are a few cars in the parking lot, and an Amoco sign and station in the bottom left corner.
General SubjectBusiness & Industry
Aerials
Subject (LCTGM)Buildings
Hotels
Motels
Signs (Notices)
Automobiles
Restaurants
Parking lots
Wings (Building divisions)
Aerial views
Organization NameEl Rancho (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
1960-1969
Item Number1-88-1-4
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original15 x 21 cm.
Transcription"Individual Instruction Slip, The Williston Plains Reporter, P.O. Box 1014, Williston, North Dakota, X Halftone Screen 65, Wide Same Size, When Wanted: Wed - April 15, Special Instructions, group on one plate, Return Spec Haudy (?)" Handwritten and printed on slip attached to back of photograph.
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 (1-88-1-4)
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 eschultz@nd.gov
Digital IDws18814
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