Out Of The Past

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Out of the past: firework display a hit in 1993

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - Thousands of people flocked into the city of Williams to enjoy a Fourth Of July celebration in 1993.

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Out of the past: hunters camp in snow during winter storm

Visitors gather at a hunting camp sometime around the 1930s outside of Williams.

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Out of the past: Route 66 Christmas in the 1940s

WILLIAMS, Ariz. - In 1941 businesses celebrated the holiday season in downtown Williams with street and store front decorations.

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Out of the past: frontier days in Williams

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.

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Out of the past: Forest service ingenuity in the 1930s

Out of the past: Forest service ingenuity in the 1930s

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Out of the past: Williams High School

Out of the past: Williams High School

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Out of the past: Arabians at Hat Ranch

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.

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Out of the past: Williams in 1939

Out of the past: Williams in 1939

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Out of the past: West End Grocery becomes Big Town Hero

Above: West End Grocery sold beer, wine, meat, fruit and other grocery items through the 1980s. Below: Big Town Hero replaced West End Grocery around 2011 which included a remodel. Do you have any comments on these photos? Please post them on williamsnews/facebook. Photos/Williams Historical Photo Archive and Wendy Howell/WGCN

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Out of the past: Sultana and Babbitt's in the 1930s

The Sultana Theatre, Babbitt's Grocery, Red Grown Gasoline and the Grand Hotel in Williams. Do you have any information about this photo? If so, email Williams reporter whowell@williamsnews.com.

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Out of the past: 1920s grocery becomes Cruisers

Many of the building built in the early 1900s in Williams are still standing today. Johnson and McConkey Grocery and Hardware graced the corner of Route 66 and Third Street in downtown Williams in 1920. Cruisers Restaurant now occupies the building.

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Out of the past: Downtown Williams 1883

Out of the past: Downtown Williams 1883

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Out of the past: CCC on the Kaibab and old Grand Canyon Highway.

Out of the past: the CCC at work on the Kaibab and the old Grand Canyon Highway.

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Out of the past: Sandoval's Mobil

Sandoval's Mobil on Grand Canyon Boulevard has made a few minor changes in the past 20 years. The tire shop was added, and gas prices have crept up a bit.

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Out of the past: Snowstorm bottlenecks Williams

Downtown Williams experiences a snowstorm in 1937. Photos/Williams Library Historical Photo Archive

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Out of the past: El Rancho Motel, an enduring legacy

The east side of Williams in the 1950s looks similar to present day albeit with less trees.

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Out of the past: Outdoor pool was summer fun

Residents say the outdoor pool at Cureton Park was the place to be during the summer months in Williams in the 1960s-1970s.

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Out of the past: the Grand Canyon Hotel revitalized

Out of the past: the Grand Canyon Hotel revitalized

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Out of the past: Williams Auto becomes the Bistro

Out of the past: Williams Auto becomes the Route 66 Italian Bistro

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Out of the past: Ford becomes custom car shop

Bill Wilkinson Ford was located along Route 66 in Williams in the 1970s. The business is now Custom Designs Autobody and is owned by Talon Fuller.

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Out of the past: Route 66 Rexall Drugstore fire

Out of the past: Route 66 Rexall Drugstore fire

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Out of the past: Bank and buy a car in Williams

In the 1950s, Williams residents could do their banking downtown and walk next door and buy a car. Grand Canyon Blvd. once housed Harvey Gibbs Dodge Plymouth, Gateway Cleaners and the Bank of Arizona. In 2016 the old bank is virtually untouched but is now home to a jewelry business. Pine Country Restaurant is in the Dodge Plymouth building, and Copper Canyon gift store has replaced Gateway Cleaners.

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Out of the past: Grocery shopping options expand

Safeway, Whitey's TV, O'Connell's Rexall Pharmacy and a laundromat were located in the above building facing Route 66 in this picture taken around 1970. To the east of the building is the small house where the Salon at 614 is located today.

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Out of the past: Mills Cafe and Babbitt's Store

Out of the past: Williams Main Street hasn't changed much in the last 85 years. Businesses have come and go, but many of the buildings look exactly the same.

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Out of the past: Williams horse racing

Horse racing was a past time in early Williams.