In April 1951, the North Dakota landscape changed forever with the discovery of oil. We look back at the discovery through the Herald archive and other sources.

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A collage of headlines from 1951 appeared in the April 3, 1952 edition of the Williston Herald, looking back at the discovery of oil in North Dakota.

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A photo published April 3, 1952 in the Williston Herald under the headline, “A Prairie Spiderweb,” gave readers a look upward into the structu…

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The Bakken is the oil and gas field most people think of when they talk about oil production in the region. But it was born first out of the M…

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A.R. Dennison, Tulsa, vice president of Amerada Petroleum Corporation and chief geologist of the company’s wide-spread oil explorations on the…

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The Williston Herald reported the flow of oil at the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well in Tioga on April 5, 1951. It was the first discovery of oil …

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The front page from April 9, 1951, announced that the Clarence Iverson No. 1 well in Tioga had been plugged for testing.

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A photo from the Williston Herald in April 1951 showed readers how diamonds were used in industry. The original caption reads: This comely tit…

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The front page from Sept. 7, 1951, announces that a second well, Bakken No. 1, struck oil.

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An undated photo shows Math Iverson, right, a Tioga farmer, and his wife, in front of their oil well. Iverson’s brother owned the land where t…

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If a flow of gas through your meter was reading like the gauage at the Amerada wildcat you probably would call the company for correction. C.H…

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These two photos appeared on the same day in the Williston Herald, with the first showing the site of the Bakken No. 1 test well, Amerada’s se…

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