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H.O. Bakken #1 oil well, Tioga, N.D.
H.O. Bakken #1 oil well, Tioga, N.D.
TitleH.O. Bakken #1 oil well, Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1951
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
DescriptionA view of the H.O. Bakken oil well, spudded July 13, 1951 and completed September 9, 1951.
General SubjectOil
Subject (LCTGM)Oil well drilling rigs
Oil wells
Lakes & ponds
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Item Number1-33-390
Negative Number1-33-390
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original6 cm x 6 cm
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William (Bill)
Transcription"Bakken #1 Well Barnard 0-1"--Handwritten on negative.
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.
Bibliographic ReferenceText from page 117 of Shemorry's 1991 book: Mud, Sweat and Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin.
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-33-390)
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 IDws1SP33390
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