Our Stories In Our Own Words

Exciting change is underway in Watford City!  The swift rise in population stemming from the Bakken oil development has transformed this once small rural town of 1,200 on the western edge of North Dakota into a blossoming community of over 15,000 people and growing, creating diverse opportunities for both longtime citizens and new residents. This unprecedented evolution has captured the attention of the world’s media in search of the scoop on the landscape, economy, industry and the everyday people who call this place home.

Who are we and how are we building a life here? As Watford City celebrates its 100th year, it’s clear the pioneering spirit lives on.Through the memories, work and experiences of our residents, we welcome you to discover it for yourself. This is Watford City. In our own words…this is our story.  


“I have always said I would not have been President had it not been for my experience in North Dakota.”
-Theodore Roosevelt

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Daniel Stenberg

McKenzie County Development


Jessie Veeder Scofield

Tourism Arts and Events Coordinator

Special Projects Coordinator


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