Williston was founded in 1887 and named for Daniel Willis James, a merchant and capitalist, by railroad magnate James J. Hill. The economy was historically based on agriculture, but fortunes changed when it was determined in 2008 that up to 4 billion barrels of oil were technically recoverable from the Bakken formation. This climbed to 24 billion barrels by 2012 and then 500 billion. But, current technology only allows for recovery of about 6%. The population as per 2010 census figures was 14,716. Estimates as of 2017 place it at 25,586 making it the 6th largest city in North Dakota. (Source:Wikipedia)
But, due to a downturn in prices and a glut of oil, there has been talk lately of the boom going bust. Only time will tell.
Full of hope and covered in big dreams,
this place had many get rich quick schemes.
Thanks to all the oil in the Bakken,
the engineers, said let’s get frackin’.
Before too long, many things were new,
the population just grew and grew.
Traffic jams were now all too common,
with noisy diesels down streets bombin’.
Around town, were many new faces,
people came from far away places.
Looking for work, please come and sign up,
but first go there to pee in a cup.
Ev’ryone came seeking their fortune,
but the bloom dropped off away too soon.
Like many places of boom and bust,
you soon didn’t know who you could trust.