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Artists sketch of Little Muddy in 1887, N.D.
Artists sketch of Little Muddy in 1887, N.D.
TitleArtists sketch of Little Muddy in 1887, N.D.
Date of Originalbefore 1987
DescriptionSketch of Little Muddy in 1887. "One hundred years afo, Little Muddy, the predecessor of Williston was a rip roaring, hell raising, boom-town. That was the way it was in 1887, the year the St. Paul, Minneapolis & Manitoba railroad built through, on its headlong drive to reach the west coast. The little settlement was mostly a tent city..."
General SubjectPioneer era
Subject (LCTGM)Tents
Frontier & pioneer life
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Little Muddy (N.D.)
Item Number1-212-8-7
Format of OriginalDrawings
Dimensions of Original10 x 24 cm.
Publisher of OriginalWilliam E. (Bill) Shemorry, Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, p. 4.
Transcription"95%, #18, Artists View of Little Muddy, Return to Shemorry" - Handwritten on back of photograph.
"Gus Metzger, Room-board, Whitmeir Store, Little Muddy, Poker Jim, Brunsvik Caf-Saloon" - Written on front in artists sketch.
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 (1-212-8-7)
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 IDws121287
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