5/5/2012 4:02:00 PM Williams is a town known for its hospitality and charm Take time to explore town
Children demonstrate their patriotism while waiting for the Fourth of July parade to begin. Even the pouring rain couldn't dampen smiles.
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The city of Williams is an exciting place to visit no matter what time of year it is. With four seasons to choose from, a visit to Williams is always a exciting prospect.
Williams was first settled in 1874 by cattle ranchers and their families. Six years later the city of Williams was founded, named for the nearby Bill Williams Mountain. The Mountain itself gets its name from the wild and wooly mountain man, William Sherley Williams - known more commonly by the name "Old Bill Williams." A number of legends surround the famed character of Old Bill, including daring rescues and harrowing adventures in treacherous terrain, including an ill fated expedition into the Rocky Mountains that nearly spelled the end for Old Bill. No matter what one believes when it comes to the famous mountain man, the fact remains that his presence helped shape Williams into what it is today.
Sitting at an elevation of 6,770 feet, Williams is home to an abundant supply of history and nature. Elk, deer, mountain lions and plenty of other wildlife can be found in the area. Five local lakes offer a supply of catfish, crappie, pike and trout for the fisherman in the family. Campgrounds are abundant in the area for the outdoor enthusiast as well.
When it comes to history, Williams' background is just as diverse as its wildlife. As the last Route 66 town in America to be bypassed by Interstate 40 in 1984, Williams has a claim to fame unlike any other community in the nation. Small home town thrills abound in Williams during the summer months. The shouts of angry cowboys can be heard on the streets of town, followed by the sharp report of gunfire as members of the Cataract Creek gang perform their nightly shootout on the streets of Williams. The location changes nightly, so keep a sharp lookout.
From parades, such as the beloved Fourth of July and Rendezvous Days parades, to car shows and rodeos, summer is always equal to fun in Williams.
Visitors to the area can find a plethora of wonderful information at the Williams- Forest Service Visitor Center, located at 200 W. Railroad Ave. There tourists can find information on a number of the area's hot spots. Visitor center employees are always available to answer any questions. Call the visitor center at (928) 635-1418.