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Road building caravan, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Road building caravan, Northwest Williston, N.D.
TitleRoad building caravan, Northwest Williston, N.D.
Date of Original1920
DescriptionA caravan of construction machinery and equipment moves down a dirt road. An automobile can be seen leading, followed by horse drawn carts and wagons hauling equipment, small cook cars, and supplies. A man is standing at the beginning of the caravan, observing its progress. Various other men can be seen riding on the carts. In the second cart from the rear, a man sits on top of furs and hides with a dog companion.
General SubjectTransportation
Social life & customs
Subject (LCTGM)Dirt roads
Carts & wagons
Chuck wagons
Agricultural machinery & implements
Hides & skins
LocationWilliston (N.D.)
Item Number1-75B-8-7
Negative Number1-75B-8-7
Format of OriginalGlass negatives
Dimensions of Original2 x 3 in.
Transcription"May, June 1920"--Handwritten on original box
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 (1-75B-8-7)
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 IDws175B87
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