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Standard Oil Co. Mandan refinery, Mandan, N.D.
Standard Oil Co. Mandan refinery, Mandan, N.D.
TitleStandard Oil Co. Mandan refinery, Mandan, N.D.
Date of Originalafter 1952
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer;
DescriptionView of the Standard Oil Company refinery during construction when it was about seventy percent completed, the refinery is located next to the west side of the Missouri River a few miles northeast of Mandan, N.D.
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Refineries
Petroleum industry
Aerial views
Organization NameStandard Oil Company
LocationMandan (N.D.)
Item Number1-175-5-3
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original13 x 26 cm.
Transcription"Page 2 - 1st 8p sed" - Handwritten on paper above photograph.
"The Photos on this page and the next are views of Standard Oil company's Mandan Refinery, taken during the period of construction at the time when work was approximately 70 percent complete.... This refinery is North Dakota's largest and processes crude at the rate of nearly 50, 000 barrels per day. The principal products made from North Dakota crude are all grades of motor gasoline, kerosene, heater oil, diesel fuel, furnace oil, power fuel and industrial fuel oil." - Printed underneath 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 (1-175-5-3)
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 IDws117553
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