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Salt Creek Oil field near Lavoye, Wyoming
Salt Creek Oil field near Lavoye, Wyoming
TitleSalt Creek Oil field near Lavoye, Wyoming
Date of Original1923
CreatorBells Studio
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionPanoramic view overlooking oil wells, tanks and buildings in the Salt Creek Oil Field near Lavoye, Wyoming.
General SubjectPioneer era
Business & Industry
Oil
Subject (LCTGM)Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Petroleum industry
Tankers
LocationLavoye (Wyo)
Wyoming
Decade1920-1929
Item Number1-68-9-11
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Postcards
Dimensions of Original9 x 27 cm.
Transcription"Salt Creek Oil Field, Wyoming. Bells Studio c. 1923 #701." - Written backwards (or print made backwards from negative) on front of photographic print.
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 (1-68-9-11)
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 IDws168911
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