Vikings football players play a game in the early 1950s in Williams.
In 1966, Roger Ely was 18 years old and was headed to college on a wrestling scholarship when, out of a sense of duty, he asked his uncle to drive him to the recruiter’s office where he joined the U.S. Marine Corps. Shortly thereafter, he found himself on his way to Vietnam.
By 1950, WWII had been over for five years and the United States and countries around the world were still rebuilding — the last thing they wanted was to fight another war.
Looking at Walter you might guess he’s around 60 years old, so when he told me he just celebrated his 95th birthday my jaw hit the floor. His energy is contagious and you just can’t help smiling after spending any amount of time with him. Walter Olmsted Jr. was born in upstate New York on Sept. 22, 1922.
The Navajo Ordnance Depot was built in Bellemont in 1942 as an ammunition storage location for the Pacific Theater of World War II.
Fields of yellow calliopsis flowers, wide swaths of ponderosa pines, the majestic San Francisco Peaks. There is so much to see on I-40 between Williams and Flagstaff, so it’s not surprising if the communities of Bellemont and Camp Navajo slip by unnoticed.
The Big Indian Trading Post and Kentucky Fried Chicken were located on Second Street and Route 66 in 1981.
Downtown Williams 36 years ago.
Interstate 40 replaced Route 66 in this area in the 1980s, but lies in a similar location today.
Views of Williams in 1915 show dirt roads, the railroad and Sitgreaves Mountain in the distance.
Golfers enjoy a manicured green in 1925 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course
The Grand Canyon Hotell 1898 and 1920.
Many roads in Williams were still dirt in the 1950s.
The original Maine School District was established at Rhoades, Arizona on Oct. 19, 1900.
The Escalante Hotel opened in Ash Fork March 1, 1907.
This roadhouse located along Route 66 near Parks was once called McHatt Inn.
Hundreds of citizens march through downtown Williams to honor a fallen soldier in the 1930s.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Thousands of people flocked into the city of Williams to enjoy a Fourth Of July celebration in 1993.
Visitors gather at a hunting camp sometime around the 1930s outside of Williams.
WILLIAMS, Ariz. - In 1941 businesses celebrated the holiday season in downtown Williams with street and store front decorations.
The Williams Billiard Hall provided wine, liquor and cigars in 1880, while the Grand Canyon Hotel was built by C.E. Boyce and had a general merchandise store below the rooms.
Out of the past: Forest service ingenuity in the 1930s
Out of the past: Williams High School
WILLIAMS, Ariz. — A herd of 30 Arabian horses graze in an expansive pasture behind the ranch. In the distance is a herd of elk, heads down and at peace, as if sharing pastureland with an intricately bred lineage of horses from the middle east is commonplace.
Out of the past: Williams in 1939