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Crowd in the street, Zap, N.D.
Crowd in the street, Zap, N.D.
TitleCrowd in the street, Zap, N.D.
Date of Original1969-05
CreatorCantarine, Thomas A., 1944-
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionCrowd of men outside on Main Street, Zap, N.D. with buildings in the background. Signs that are visible say 7 UP, Sandau Cafe, and Hamm's. A man in the front left is holding a video camera to record the Zip to Zap event.
General SubjectPeople
Sports & recreation
Subject (LCTGM)People
Video recording
Subject (LCSH)Zip to Zap Riot, Zap, N.D., 1969
Organization NameHamm's Bar (Zap, N.D.)
Sandau Cafe (Zap, N.D.)
LocationZap (N.D.)
Item Number1-72A-2-2
Negative Number1-72A-2-2
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 4 cm.
Transcription"Zap, N.D. Zap-In 1969" -- Printed on envelope holding negatives.
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.

Zip to Zap started as an article published in the North Dakota State University student paper, The Spectrum, and suggested that the tiny town Zap, N.D. could become the Fort Lauderdale of the North. Zap town leaders were initially welcoming, and the story was picked up nationally. The National Guard was alerted and advised to report for weekend duty between May 9-11, 1969. 3, 000 college students descended on the town for as Shemorry labeled it the Zap-In. The towns supply of beer, food and other consumables was rapidly depleted, and cold temperatures led students to setting a bonfire in one of the Zap city streets. As local law enforcement could not handle the students, the North Dakota National Guard, using fixed bayonets, moved the students out of town. Damage from the Zip to Zap event totaled over $25, 000, and a cafe and bar were totally destroyed. The student governments of NDSU and UND ultimately paid the bills for damages.
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 (1-72A-2-2)
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 IDws172A22
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