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Trailer with crane accident on Lewis & Clark bridge, Williston, N.D.
Trailer with crane accident on Lewis & Clark bridge, Williston, N.D.
TitleTrailer with crane accident on Lewis & Clark bridge, Williston, N.D.
Date of Originalbetween 1927 and 1973
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of a trailer with a Wide load sign and a crane tipped over on the Lewis & Clark Bridge between Williams and McKenzie Counties, near Williston, N.D. Two boys wearing cowboy hats are holding a sign that says Clearance 15.7 feet. The crane damaged the bridge, which is visible at the top of the image, because it did not fit the clearance. People stand and sit on the bridge deck.
General SubjectTransportation
Subject (LCTGM)Bridges
Signs (Notices)
Cowboy hats
Hoisting machinery
Bridge failures
Destruction & pillage
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Williams County (N.D.)
McKenzie County (N.D.)
Missouri River
Item Number1-44-14-14
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original14 x 22 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.

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) Shemorrys 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 (1-44-14-14)
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 IDws1441414
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