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This month in history: Williams-Grand Canyon News

A collection of articles taken from the Williams News historical archives

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Out of the past: The Johnson Canyon Tunnel

Construction begins on a tunnel and trestles in Johnson Canyon, between Williams and Ash Fork, Arizona.

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Out of the past: A train crash near Williams

A train crash near Williams on the Atchison, Topeka, and Santa Fe Railroad.

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piece of the past: Williams hero visits Whiteman Air Force, sees ‘completely different’ type of bomber

WHITEMAN AIR FORCE BASE, Mo. — After spending most of his life on military bomber airplanes, 96-year-old Walter Olmsted Jr. of Williams, Arizona, recently got his first up-close look at the Air Force’s youngest bomber: the B-2 Spirit.

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Out of the past: Williams builds its first school

According to the minutes of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors in late 1892, a special election was held to determine if bonds should be issued to provide funds for a new school.

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Out of the past: The Grand Hotel in the early 1900s

Jack Otter is photographed in front of the Grand Canyon Hotel in the early 1900s.

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This month in Williams history: August 2, 1918

This month in Williams history August 2, 1918

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Out of the past: A gathering at the Catholic Church in Williams

A group of people in front of the Catholic Church in Williams.

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Out of the past: Williams' World Famous Sultana Bar

The interior of the World Famous Sultana Bar in Williams.

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Out of the past: 1940s Williams parade

Out of the past: 1940s Williams parade

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Out of the past: Williams High School drummetts

Williams High School drummetts Norma McDowell, Rosemary Grace, Janelle Owens, Sandra Schnell and Harriet Wilson.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1950s

Vehicles line Route 66 through Williams in the mid 1950s. Below: A golfer lines up to putt on the green at Elephant Rocks Golf Course in the 1950s.

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Williams aviation history part V: The significance of H.A. Clark to Williams aviation

Despite the excitement when Webber Field was dedicated in Williams in 1925, the following years saw the deterioration of the airfield.

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Out of the past: 1930s sunbathers at Elephant Rocks

Elephant Rocks are a geologic feature consisting of about a half dozen basalt boulders spread out in a small area that resemble elephants and are located at the present day Elephant Rocks Golf Course in Williams.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

A family stands in front of their car in Williams in the 1920s.

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Out of the past: Children during the 1920s

Children wait for their picture to be taken during a winter snowstorm in Williams in the 1920s.

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Aviation aviation history part III: Williams airstrip used by famed Grand Canyon aviator

The year 1921 stands unique in the history of United States aeronautics. World War I had just ended, and a stimulus of popular curiosity emerged regarding the aircraft that essentially won the war.

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Williams aviation history Part II: Where was the Spirit of St. Louis?

When Charles Lindbergh landed at Webber Field in Williams in April 1928, dozens of residents came out to witness the landing, including local resident E.O. Messimer.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

Vintage cars park along Historic Route 66 in downtown Williams, circa 1925.

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Williams aviation history part I: Charles Lindbergh makes pit stop in Williams

In 1927, Charles Lindbergh became the first aviator to make a solo nonstop flight across the Atlantic Ocean. Lindbergh’s feat gained him immediate, international fame. Americans and Europeans idolized the shy, slim young man and showered him with honors.

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Out of the past: Bill Williams Mountain

The San Francisco Peaks can be seen off in the distance.

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1920s in downtown Williams

Downtown Williams in the 1920s.

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Out of the past: Williams in the 1920s

Slagel Street in Williams looking toward the original high school ca. 1920s.

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Out of the past: 1960s North Kaibab National Forest

A spray job (spruce bud worm) on the North Kaibab district and part of the Grand Canyon National Park ca. 1960.

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