Dore's economic and population turnaround began in 2008, when Houston-based Musket Corp. purchased land at the old town site for its oil loading facility, which uses railroad tracks that once moved grain and sugar beets to market.I cannot count the number of times I drove "through" (actually, "by") Dore, never even realizing there was a town (or a "ghost town") there. As Tina Fey says, "there was no there there." Not even a sign.
"Logistically, that's where the rail configuration was that we needed," Musket spokeswoman Kyla Turner said.
Crude from North Dakota's rich oil patch comes to the facility by truck and pipeline before leaving by rail. The company has been sending small shipments over the past two years but intends to raise production to 70,000 barrels a day this spring, Turner said.
The operation will employ about 45 workers, nearly equal to Dore's population in its heyday.
But it truly is amazing now. On the east side of the highway, nothing has changed: broad, flat fields of sugar beets. On the west side: everything has changed. Countless number of brand new black oil tank cars.
The video is not of Dore, North Dakota, but is said to have been taken in North Dakota: