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The Williston Amtrak Station, 2007.

#TBT Williston Amtrak station

The Williston, N.D. Amtrak station in 2007 may look about the same as it does now, but, so much has changed underneath. The influx of workers traveling looking for a new life in North Dakota has transformed the western part of the state into a jobs mecca, a modern depiction of the American dream. This Amtrak station is the busiest in the state. Last year over 51,000 people shuffled through this platform waiting for a ride.


The Williston Amtrak Station, 2014 Zach Koppang//Shale Plays Media

The station is located on the southern end of downtown Williston. It recently underwent a $2 million dollar restoration in 2010. The popular Empire Builder route runs from Chicago through North Dakota all the way to the Pacific Northwest. It is a popular way for workers who only partially live in Williston to travel home to their loved ones after their weeks on. It is a great place for people watching, showcasing the variety of travelers to this small town. It struggles to stay on time as a result of the large number of trains hauling Bakken crude to refineries, often delaying the Empire Builder route for hours.


  1. Now it Needs to Run down to Spearfish and Rapid City, SD. So all those folks Won’t have to drive back & forth!

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