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Williston is a city of about 12,500 people in Williams County, on the Missouri River, near the northwestern corner of North Dakota. It is about 230 miles northwest of Bismarck - the state capital - by car. Williston is the county seat.

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  1. The North Dakota oil boom is largely responsible for the sharp increase in population in Williston.
  2. Founded in 1887, Williston was named for Daniel Willis James, a board member of the Northern Pacific Railroad Company, by his friend, railroad owner, James J. Hill.
  3. Williston lend its name to the Williston Basin, a huge subterranean geologic feature known for its rich deposits of petroleum, coal and potash.
  4. Phil Jackson, a famous NBA player, and was coach of Chicago Bulls and LA Lakers, attended high school in Williston, North Dakota, where he played varsity basketball and led the team to two state titles.

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