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Historic Williams, Arizona and a visit with family!

We are less than three weeks away from leaving the Williams, Arizona area and heading to our next destination.  It has been a wonderful five months here and we do plan on coming back one day!  I think we are both going to miss this beautiful part of Arizona.visiting the grand canyon

We had a fun surprise this month!  Both of our daughters came to visit us.  Our youngest and her husband flew in from Atlanta, and our oldest and her boyfriend drove in from Oklahoma City.  It was a wonderful family reunion!

They stayed in a beautiful cabin on our KOA campground and we showed them the area while they were here.  The Grand Canyon and Bearizona were favorite destinations.  We also taught the guys the fine art of s’more making over a campfire.

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And…we found out that we are going to be grandparents!

So that changes a whole lot of plans.  You see, we are currently scheduled to work the winter at Tucson KOA, and then work Polson KOA in Montana starting May 1.  With the baby arriving around the beginning of May, we are scrambling to make a few changes to our schedule in order to be in the Atlanta area for the birth.

One of the main advantages to living in a house on wheels is the fact that you can be anywhere you want to be.   Stay tuned for more info as we figure it out!

Williams Arizona

Now that we are beginning our goodbye’s to the area, I wanted to post a little about the historic town of Williams.  Williams is known as the “Gateway to the Grand Canyon”, and is the very last town on Historic Route 66 to be bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984.

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Unlike many other towns that died a quick death after the interstate, Williams has continued to thrive on tourism.  Based about a 50 minute drive to the south rim of the Grand Canyon, Williams offers fun restaurants, shopping, and a unique look into the past.

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In the beginning, Williams, like so many other towns of the Old West, gained a reputation as a rough and rowdy settlement filled with saloons, brothels, gambling houses and opium dens.

Click here for more history and even a ghost story!

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11 thoughts on “Historic Williams, Arizona and a visit with family!”

  1. Thanks Suzy for sharing your families surprise visit.! Congratulations on being grandparents!! There is nothing better than to have sweet babies to hold and LOVE!!! Williams sounds like a wild place at one time. We live in NW Ga. and know all the campgrounds around. The KOA for our area is exit 296 I-75. It’s about 40 miles NW of ATL. Lake Allatoona a Corp of Engineers lake goes from Exit285? to 290. The lake runs from Ne to Sw. Canton Ga-Cartersville, about 20 miles. There is a state park Red Top Mtn.

    1. Hi Pamela!
      We are actively looking in your area for a campground this summer! Maybe we will run into each other!

      Thanks so much for following along!
      suzy

  2. Congratulations on the pending grandparenthood! We have 7, one all grown up, and all but one of the rest are teenagers. Enjoy them all you can! Time passes in a flash.
    We were in Williams several years ago. Thanks for the memories.

    Travel safe!

  3. Congratulations Grandparents, and to the young couple too 🙂
    Thanks for sharing this. I just love this journey you are both on.
    Take care and safe travels 🙂

  4. That is so cool about the saloon/brothel ghost stories. We were there once and I remember the local townspeople telling us about it but we didn’t get a chance to go in. That old photograph is kinda creepy, lol, they look like ma and pa kettle and that kid is totally not happy.

  5. What exciting news – a baby on the way! Congratulations all round.
    Loved your latest blog post – they are always so interesting. Life and scenery in USA is so different to New Zealand! Except for the travelling – we like to explore the country in our caravan, think you call them trailers.

  6. Hi Suzy,
    I just found your sites and am bumming because you are leaving and we are actually just about four hours from you! We are fulltimers as well and are in the Fort Mohave/Bullhead City area. We love Williams and sure wish we had been there during this past summer when is was 128 degrees here.
    Good luck on your winter. I am excited to have found your sites and can’t wait to start on some crafts. Maybe we’ll get down to the Tucson area sometime this winter!
    Take care and thanks for all the cool stuff you’ve posted!

    1. Hi Teri!
      We left Williams yesterday and are taking a few weeks off before heading down to Tucson. The website is a bit behind, but will be catching it up in the next few days. We are currently in Laughlin and then heading down to Lake Havasu City for the next few weeks. Maybe I’ll see you on the strip! LOL!
      suzy

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