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Williston, North Dakota is the county seat of Williams County. It was founded in 1887 and named by railroad chief executive officer James J. Hill in honor of Daniel Willis James, who was a board member of a railroad. In 1951, after years of trying to find oil and 23 serious attempts, a pint of oil was found on the farm owned by Clarence Iverson, where a well had been begun in 1850. At that point, the well was 10,500 feet deep, and drilling suspended due to the snow and cold. The evening of April 4, 1951, oil was struck and a new industry was born in the state. More than a dozen oil companies moved into the region, including Standard Oil of Indiana, Texas Co., and Hunt Oil Co.On February 4, 1952, Standard Oil announced that it was going to build a 15,000 barrel a day refinery in the Williston Basin, and by February 6, 42 oil supply companies and service companies were either in Williston or building offices there.

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