Forum Communications, Published June 05 2012
What to call workers rushing to Oil Patch? Ahoy there, BakkeneersDICKINSON, N.D. - A number of readers sent in suggestions when The Dickinson Press asked what might be a fitting nickname for the people flocking to western North Dakota and eastern Montana for oil.
The person with the most creative idea was to get $25 in Chamber Bucks and The Press staff decided that person is Warren Tormaschy of Dickinson.
Tormaschy sent in “Bakkeneers.”
It was between Bakkeneers and Blackbirds (because those who come for summer and leave before winter are considered snowbirds).
“I thought it was pretty representative of the oil field workers,” Tormaschy said. “I just thought it was a pretty good comparison of buccaneers on a pirate ship out and about looking for a treasure in a similar sort of way.”
Ideas from other people include Bakken Boomers, Rushers and 94ers (instead of 49ers, the modern version, as in I-94).
Who knows if “Bakkeneers” will stick, but it’s interesting to think about what will be said, and written about, this boom and its people 100 years from now.