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
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
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 email@example.com.
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.
Out of the past: Downtown Williams 1883
Out of the past: the CCC at work on the Kaibab and the old Grand Canyon Highway.
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.
Downtown Williams experiences a snowstorm in 1937. Photos/Williams Library Historical Photo Archive
The east side of Williams in the 1950s looks similar to present day albeit with less trees.