Nestled under the pine-covered slopes of Bill Williams Mountain, the city of Williams is a beloved hamlet that attracts fans of history, Route 66 cars, and vintage steam engines, as well as Grand Canyon visitors and rodeo enthusiasts. Since its beginning in the late 1800s, the city has since played host to cowboys, ranchers, sawmill and rail workersalong with their familiesand even an outlaw or two. Mountain men embraced the history of trapping and the city’s namesake when they formed the Bill Williams Mountain Men in the 1950s. Longtime residents and then–Arizona governor Barry Goldwater continued that tradition with the creation of Monument Park in 1980, at which time they unveiled a 1,100-pound statue of Bill Williams and kicked off the first annual Rendezvous Days celebration, an event that continues to this day. Williams is a town that showcases the varied history and culture of the Southwest in a unique small-town setting that charms both visitors and residents to this day.
About the Author
Author and longtime resident Patrick Whitehurst has drawn from a diverse supply of photographic collections belonging to the Williams Library, the Williams-Grand Canyon News, the Bill Williams Mountain Men, and a number of private collections to help define a beloved town brimming with trains, mountain men, 1950s culture, and cowboy lore.