Here Is Where It All Started In North Dakota
April 4th, 1951 was a massive day for the oil industry in North Dakota and the state in general. According to the North Dakota State Historical Society, oil was discovered on the Clarence Iverson farm 8 miles south of Tioga that day, and the rest is history.
The Iverson Number 1 oil well is regarded as one of North Dakota's most significant oil discoveries. It was drilled in 1951 by Amerada Petroleum near the town of Tioga in Williams County, North Dakota. On April 4, 1951, the well was drilled to a depth of 10,100 feet and began producing oil.
The Iverson Number 1 well was significant because it contributed to the development of the productive Williston Basin, which stretches across North Dakota, Montana, and Saskatchewan. The discovery of oil at the Iverson well sparked a rush of drilling activity in the area, with many more wells drilled in the years that followed.
The Iverson Number 1 produced oil from the Madison Formation, a limestone and dolomite geologic formation. The Madison Formation is one of North Dakota's most important oil-producing formations, and it has been a major focus of Williston Basin drilling activity.
The discovery of oil at the Iverson Number 1 well was a watershed moment in North Dakota and American history. It aided in the region's economic growth and development, and it remains an important part of North Dakota's economy today. Over the years, the Iverson Number 1 well has produced millions of barrels of oil, and it continues to produce to this day. You can read more about the Williston Basin, and the discovery of oil in North Dakota here.