Welcome to the Boomtown

A van in Williston that sells vinyl decals for cars.

The boom has brought unprecedented traffic and trucks to the roads outside Williston.

Temporary housing for oil industry workers in Williston, managed by BlackGold Oilfield Services.

Families have flocked to North Dakota to find work, many of them living in trailers or other temporary housing.


Man camps, temporary lodging for oil industry employees.

Epping, a small town near the epicenter of the boom.

Epping's downtown has not faced the same development pressures as Williston or Dickinson.

A cookout in Williston sponsored by the North Dakota CattleWomen.

Halliburton reused this metal-framed building, constructed as temporary lodging during the 2010 Winter Olympics in Vancouver, to house its employees in Williston. The Muddy River Lodge, as it is called, has 281 units.

A modular dwelling sold by the Williston Walmart for $24,900.

A mother and daughter who moved from Colorado to North Dakota to start a food truck business, Blondie's Burritos.

Spools of electric cable in storage.

Robert Venturi, eat your heart out.

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