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A statue of Bill Williams created by B.R. Pettit was erected in 1980 in Monument Park in Williams. Bill Williams was a trapper and preacher for whom the city of Williams is named. (Public Domain)

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Out of the past: Bill Williams and the naming of a town

WILLIAMS, Ariz. — Long before Bear Grylls and Cody Lundin, mountain men were immersing themselves in the wild, encountering nature, and testing their skills in survival, exploration and endurance.