Watford City was founded in 1914, and is the seat of McKenzie County, North Dakota. In 2010 the population was 1,744, however, because Watford City is part of the Bakken field, the North Dakota oil boom has significantly increased population and construction since then.
The main offices of Frontier Energy Group, First International Bank, and the headquarters of McKenzie Electric Cooperative are in Watford City. The local newspaper is the McKenzie County Farmer.
The Pioneer Museum of McKenzie County now features a model of a drilling rig. There is also a new golf course that's is only 18 minutes drive from our place. You will find the best restaurant and dining in Watford City Main Street which is only 9 minutes away from us.
The Bakken consists of a subsurface rock formation that stretches 200,000 square miles within the Williston Basin. It lies beneath 12 counties in North Dakota and parts of Montana and Saskatchewan, Canada. It's named after Henry O. Bakken, the North Dakota farmer who owned the land where the first drilling rig revealed the shale layers in the 1950s. It is estimated that the Bakken might hold a whopping 413 billion barrels.