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Main Street at night, Williston, N.D.
Main Street at night, Williston, N.D.
TitleMain Street at night, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1953-10
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionTime lapse view taken from the top of the Plainsman Hotel at night, looking down on Main Street in Williston, N.D. Headlights of moving cars are visible on the street, as well as parked automobiles along the curb. Stores and businesses lining Main Street that are visible include Snyder Theatre, Montgomery Ward, Red Owl Foods, DeGree Jeweler, B & B Drugs, and Standard Clothing Company.
General SubjectCity & town life
Subject (LCTGM)Cities
Night photographs
Business districts
Stores & shops
Light bulbs
Organization NameSnyder Theatre (Williston, N.D.)
Montgomery Ward Co.
Red Owl (Williston, N.D.)
Red Owl Foods (Williston, N.D.)
DeGree Jeweler (Williston, N.D.)
B & B Drugs (Williston, N.D.)
Standard Clothing Co. (Williston, N.D.)
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
AddressWilliston (N.D.) - Main Street
Item Number1-54-9-1
Negative Number1-54-9-1
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original11 x 14 cm.
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 (1-54-9-1)
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 IDws15491
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