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Montana Dakota Power Co. laying gas Pipeline across Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston, N.D.
Montana Dakota Power Co. laying gas Pipeline across Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston, N.D.
TitleMontana Dakota Power Co. laying gas Pipeline across Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1930-07-23
CreatorPasonault, J.E., 1875-1945
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of people working on the far left side of the Lewis and Clark Bridge over the Missouri River between Williams and McKenzie Counties near Williston, N.D. These people, both on the bridge deck and in the trusses, are laying the Montana Dakota Power company gas pipeline across the bridge.
General SubjectTransportation
Water
Subject (LCTGM)Water
Bridges
Rivers
Truss bridges
Men
Pipelines
Public utility companies
People
Roads
Organization NameMontana-Dakota Power Co. (Williston, N.D.)
Montana-Dakota Utilities Co.
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
Missouri River
McKenzie County (N.D.)
Decade1930-1939
Item Number1-44-4-12
Negative Number1-44-4-12
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original20 x 25 cm.
Transcription"Montana-Dakota Power co. Laying Gas Pipe Line across Lewis & Clark Bridge, Williston, N.D. July 23 30, Pasonault Photo." -- Handwritten on front of negative.
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.

Five years following the final demise of the Williston's Missouri River pontoon bridge, an effort began which was to end up successfully spanning the great divider. It was during the 1923 session of the N.D. Legislature that McKenzie County representative Fred Eckert was successful in having the necessary bill passed. Then on April 22, 1926, bids for building the structure were opened. The cost came to more than $700, 000. Work began at the bridge site May 24, 1926, and dedication of the completed structure took place July 1, 1927, with Dr. Meriwether Lewis Anderson and his daughter, Sarah, descendents of the Meriwether Lewis of the Lewis & Clark Expedition, as guests of honor.
Bibliographic ReferenceInformation from William E. (Bill) Shemorry's book titled Photo 100: Nostalgic Highlights of a Century, page 52.
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 (1-44-4-12)
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 IDws144412
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