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Oil discovery in North Dakota, monument, Tioga, N.D.
Oil discovery in North Dakota, monument, Tioga, N.D.
TitleOil discovery in North Dakota, monument, Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1953
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionView of a monument in Tioga, N.D. Inscription reads: "Oil was first discovered in North Dakota by Amerada Petroleum Corporation April 4, 1951. This Williston Basin Discovery, Clarence Iverson No. 1 opened a new era for North Dakota and reaffirmed the confidence of her people in the opportunities and future of this great state. Dedicated October 25, 1953, Tioga, North Dakota."
General SubjectOil
Awards & ceremonies
Landmarks
Subject (LCTGM)Monuments & memorials
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
Item Number1-SP-22a-5
Negative Number1-SP-22a-5
Format of OriginalPhotographic prints
Dimensions of Original11.5 cm. x 15 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 1950s, 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-SP-22a-5)
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 IDws1SN22a5
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