Out Of The Past

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Korea, a war not to be forgotten: Charles Richard Allen, Williams resident, remembers

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.

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Memories of a Williams WWII veteran: Walter Olmsted

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.

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Part 2 of 2: Navajo Ordnance Depot utilizes Austrian POW labor during World War II

The Navajo Ordnance Depot was built in Bellemont in 1942 as an ammunition storage location for the Pacific Theater of World War II.

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Part 1 of 2: Navajo Ordnance Depot integral part of World War II Pacific campaign

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.

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Out of the past: Second Street and Route 66 era 1981

The Big Indian Trading Post and Kentucky Fried Chicken were located on Second Street and Route 66 in 1981.

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Out of the past: Williams downtown 1981

Downtown Williams 36 years ago.

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Out of the past: Davenport Lake and Route 66

Interstate 40 replaced Route 66 in this area in the 1980s, but lies in a similar location today.

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Out of the past: Williams in 1915

Views of Williams in 1915 show dirt roads, the railroad and Sitgreaves Mountain in the distance.

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Out of the past: Elephant Rocks Golf Course 1925

Golfers enjoy a manicured green in 1925 at Elephant Rocks Golf Course

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Out of the past: The Grand Canyon Hotel

The Grand Canyon Hotell 1898 and 1920.

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Out of the past: West side of Williams 1950s

Many roads in Williams were still dirt in the 1950s.

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Out of the Past: Maine Consolidated School endures

The original Maine School District was established at Rhoades, Arizona on Oct. 19, 1900.

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Out of the past: Harvey House - Escalante Hotel

The Escalante Hotel opened in Ash Fork March 1, 1907.

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Out of the past: the McHatt Inn/Wagon Wheel Inn

This roadhouse located along Route 66 near Parks was once called McHatt Inn.

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Out of the past: 1930s memorial parade for soldier

Hundreds of citizens march through downtown Williams to honor a fallen soldier in the 1930s.

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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.