In 1901, the Santa Fe Railroad extended its line from Williams to the Grand Canyon. It was also in this year that a devastating fire swept through town, taking with it, some 36 businesses, including two hotels, plus ten homes in less than an hour. Within days, Williams began to rebuild and formed a new fire district.
There are gift shops galore with most anything you want emblazoned with Route 66. Want leather? They have it. And many galleries, jewelry stores, are much more; all with the neon lights of the 60’s brightening the doorways.
And you may even run into Elvis!
In 1968, Williams’ entire downtown business district was placed on the National Register of Historic Places. Each building boasts a plaque telling you what the building used to be. It is very interesting reading while walking through town.
Signs that evoke the quaint 60’s era and its fabulous neon past! Williams is a great place to base your visit to the Grand Canyon.
We were so glad to be able to share this fabulous place with our family!
Next week, my mother and sister are coming to visit and we are going to check out the Grand Canyon Railway. Yep, we still have a few more things to see before we leave. Stay tuned!