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California Kamp wildcat oil well, Ray, N.D.
California Kamp wildcat oil well, Ray, N.D.
TitleCalifornia Kamp wildcat oil well, Ray, N.D.
Date of Original1938-05-01
Description"The rig used to drill the California Kamp wildcat in 1938 was one of the largest then in use in the U.S."
General SubjectOil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Oil wells
Oil well drilling rigs
Petroleum industry
LocationRay (N.D.)
Item Number1-194-4-1
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original9 x 12 cm.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationMud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin
Transcription"Deep Well, 5-1-38, Nesso Flat, Ray, N. Dak." -- Handwritten on front 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.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe quotation used for the description is from page 30 of Shemorry's 1991 book, Mud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin.
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 (1-194-4-1)
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 IDws119441
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