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Amerada Petroleum Corporation oil well on M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location aerial photograph, Tioga, N.D.
Amerada Petroleum Corporation oil well on M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location aerial photograph, Tioga, N.D.
TitleAmerada Petroleum Corporation oil well on M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location aerial photograph, Tioga, N.D.
Date of Original1958-11
CreatorShemorry, Bill, 1914-2004
Creator RolePhotographer
Description"'Bountiful North Dakota, ' the state slogan is symbolized in this air photo taken in November, 1958 wherein the chief sources of new wealth are illustrated... agriculture as showned by the harvested wheat field in the foreground, oil production as indicated by the drilling rig, transportation by the Great Norther freight train and industry by the Signal Oil & Gas natural gas plant. The drilling rig sits on the M.B. Rudman-Paul Rutledge-Chester Nelson location, originally drilled in 1965 to the Madison at 8, 248 feet. By the time of the picture, the well had been acquired by the Amerada Petroleum Corporation which was in the process of deepening it another two hundred feet."
General SubjectAerials
Oil
Business & Industry
Subject (LCTGM)Aerial photographs
Croplands
Oil well drilling rigs
Railroads
Gas industry
Natural gas
Organization NameAmerada Petroleum Corporation
Signal Oil and Gas Company
LocationTioga (N.D.)
Decade1950-1959
Item Number1-28-111
Negative Number1-28-111
Format of OriginalFilm negatives
Dimensions of Original4 x 6 in.
Publisher of OriginalShemorry, William E. (Bill)
Place of PublicationMud, Sweat & Oil: The Early Days of the Williston Basin
Transcription"Oil well freight train Signal Refinery"--Handwritten on envelope containing 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 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.
Bibliographic ReferenceThe quotation used for the description is from page 2 of Shemorry's 1991 book, Mud, Sweat & 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 (1-28-111)
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 IDws128111
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