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Leonard Brown and Don Picek at Texas Company's Helle No. 1A near Keene, N.D.
Oil wells; Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Men; People; Employees;
View of two men standing and chatting next to an oil well Christmas tree.
“The Luck of The Texans. ‘It doesn’t look like very much yet, but it’s the beginning of another new...
Phillips-Skelley-Hoehn #1A, nine miles north of Alexander, N.D.
Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum industry; Tankers;
"The Phillips-Skelley-Hoehn No. 1A was drilled on a seismic high overlooking the Missouri River, found oil in core samples at 9,230 feet."
Investors well USA #1 in middle of Lake Sakakawea aerial photograph, N.D.
Oil well drilling rigs; Oil wells; Petroleum industry; Lakes; Waterfronts; Mounds (Landforms);
An oddity in the petroleum industry of North Dakota was this Madison producer pictured above which in 1958 was the only marine and offshore drilling operation for thousands of miles.
Owned at that...
Ditsworth leads oil tax protest to Bismarck, N.D.
Business people; Farmers; Demonstrations; Petroleum industry; Taxes; Men; Capitols; Legislators;
"Jealousy of western North Dakota's oil wealth is nothing new.
Ever since the beginning of oil production in the state, the have-not counties have been trying to 'stick their finger in the pie' as...
Marlaine Rustad with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D.
Contests; Women; Students; Teenagers; Plaques; Awards; Petroleum industry;
"Marlaine Rustad of Grenora, winner of the high school division of the Oil Industry Information Committee's Oil Progress Week contest told of her plans to become an artist."
Joan Delaney with Williston Area OIIC plaque for winning essay contest, N.D.
Contests; Girls; Students; Teenagers; Plaques; Awards; Petroleum industry;
"Joan Delaney, grade school division winner in the O.I.I.C. contest was also named honorable mention, overall winner in her division."
Ytterdahl #2 oil well, south of Missouri River, N.D.
Petroleum industry; Petroleum workers; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs;
The second directional well, the Ytterdahl No. 2...drilled by Worley & Harrell for Amerada Petroleum Corporation.
Williston Desk and Derrick Club officers, N.D.
Women; Organizations; Petroleum industry; Candles;
Williston Desk and Derrick Club, Williston, N.D.
Women; Organizations; Petroleum industry;
"The first meeting of the Williston Desk & Derrick Club is photographed in January, 1954."
"If the men who ran the oil industry in the Williston Basin, back in 1955, ever needed a hand with any of...
Lars Fretland #1 oil well, N.D.
Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum industry;
The Lars Fretland oil well spudded April 2, 1952 and was completed as a producer on May 21, 1952.
Williams Electric Cooperative Inc. annual meeting
Men; Women; Petroleum industry; Eating & drinking; Food; Tableware;
Women and one man at a Williams Electric Cooperative Inc. meeting dig into their dinners. Some may be personnel and some may be guests.
Mrs. Edith Wright Places First Oil Tax Check in Safe, Williston, N.D.
Checks; Safes; Taxes; Women; Petroleum industry;
A historic photo from 1951… Mrs. Edith Wright, Williams County treasurer, is shown as she places the first oil tax check received, in her safe "for safety's sake."
Tower-man working on an oil well derrick, Mountrail County, N.D.
Men; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Pipelines; Towers;
Tower-man at work in June 1955, on the Lofflund Drilling Company’s derrick on Amerada’s Henry Rohde No. 3 in Mountrail County, N.D. The "Highest job in the oil field is the work of the derrick man...
Clarence Iverson #1 oil well and collapsed Loffland rig, south of Tioga, N.D.
Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum industry; Petroleum workers; Barrels; Snow;
A mass of twisted wreckage was all that was left of the historic Loffland Drilling Co. rig that drilled the Clarence Iverson discovery well. As it was being moved to a new location, a leg collapsed, toppling...
Oil basin pipeline construction near Glendive, Mont.
Pipelines; Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Tracklaying vehicles;
View of men working with Caterpillar machinery constructing an oil basin pipeline near Glendive, Montana.
J.F. Bruten, R.E. Tinsley and Harold Meredith at the site of the Clarence Iverson wildcat, Tioga, N.D.
Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Oil well drilling rigs; People associated with commercial activities; Hats;
Before the oil well must come a water well. Pictured during early August, 1950 at the site of the Clarence Iverson wildcat is water well driller J.F. Bruten of Williston discussing the project with R.E....
Oil men R.L. "Dick" Rambo, W.A. "Buck" Garret and A.D. "Blackie" Davidson at the Bakken well, Tioga, N.D.
Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Oil well drilling rigs; Hats;
Just talking things over at the Bakken well were R.L. "Dick" Rambo, W.A. "Buck" Garret and A.D. "Blackie" Davidson. R.L. "Dick" Rambo, tool pusher for the Noble Drilling Company; W.A. "Buck" Garret, assistant...
Oil workers doing a Silurian test, McKenzie County, N.D.
Men; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Petroleum workers; Petroleum industry; Machinery; Equipment; Chains; Hats; People;
Three men wearing hard hats and work clothes working on an oil well drilling rig doing a Silurian test overlooking Lake Sakakawea Texaco No. 3, Amerada, government, Dorough location in McKenzie County,...
Almer Iverson #1 oil well, Beaver Lodge oil field south of Tioga, N.D.
Petroleum industry; Petroleum workers; Oil wells; Oil well drilling rigs; Tankers;
Almer Iverson No. 1 spudded March 23, 1952. Completed as a producer May 11, 1952.
Kermit Halvorson #1 oil well, McKenzie County, N.D.
Petroleum industry; Oil well drilling rigs; Oil wells; Tankers; Snow;
Kermit Halvorson No. 1 spudded November 29, 1951 in McKenzie County. 'Plugged and abandoned' (on or about) July 15, 1952. First 'dry hole' drilled in North Dakota since the initial oil discovery April...
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