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Home on the Range

I landed in Bismarck on the first day of Bakken Strong, the big Williston Basin Petroleum Conference. That means 4,000+ industry people converging on the state capital from all over the world. Which means I ended up for the night in a cabin at the KOA, on the north edge of town.

It’s a tidy little place, with a bunk and a queen bed, perfect for arranging gear before the walk. But even here the economic boom driven largely by oil country, which is a couple hours drive north and west, can be felt. A crane stands where a new high school will soon be built just west of the KOA. A new apartment complex is planned just to the north. As I type, I can hear heavy trucks backing up and dumping loads of rock and gravel. And the ground in this photo, just beyond my cabin, has already been graded for construction.

KOA Cabin

KOA Cabin, Bismarck, North Dakota




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