Photo Blog: Scenes From A Boomtown

WILLISTON, N.D. – A lot of people are curious about what daily life is like in Williston during the oil boom.

Here’s a peek at what I see every day in Williston.

My apartment building is in a part of town that’s developing rapidly. Every day I see a new crane or new building project that wasn’t there before. It’s exciting to watch the progress.

 

This is one of the left turns I make every day. Sometimes it’s backed up like this, sometimes I coast right through. There doesn’t seem to be a rush hour – it can be busy at any time of day.

As a car-owner, I’m in the minority. I also have one of the few North Dakota license plates in the parking lot of my apartment building.

 

This was the line at Subway at 8 p.m. on a Sunday. The pop cooler and cookie case were wiped out.

Curious about another aspect of daily life? Let me know what you’d like to see and I’ll post it in a future blog entry.

4 Responses

  1. Jean Schlegel

    I’ve heard that workers at drive-thru restaurants, such as McDonald’s, Burger King, etc., pay workers as much as $15 an hour. I’m not interested in a job, just wondering if the prices for food at these places are much higher than ours, such in Valley City or Fargo?
    Also heard that men who are interested in doing work in the oil fields must sign contracts and that their wages aren’t all that high when they first start. Are these things true? Enjoy your stories/photos. You are very brave to live there and write stories about the goings-on in the oil fields. We lived in Alexander for one year when my husband taught there years ago. We understand life there has changed drastically…true??

  2. I drove to Williston a week and a half ago, to see for myself. Yes it is the greatest economic boom this country has seen in decades. Go North Dakota.

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