We welcome you to the Williams area

Williams is a unique community with a storied past. While today’s visitors can experience the modern amenities seen in most tourist destinations, they are also invited to personally share in the history and nostalgia of this mountain community. Founded in the late 1800’s by ranchers, railroaders, and lumbermen, Williams’ name comes from the famous trapper and “mountain man”, Bill Williams. Remnants of those early days are still visible in the buildings, streets, and neighborhoods of modern-day Williams. Historic District The historic district of this once a bawdy frontier town, now offers glimpses into Williams’ colorful past. Saloons, bordellos, and shops have been brought back to life through the care and concern of present-day Williams merchants. Visitors can now safely stroll the brick sidewalks of the historic district, enjoying the sights and sounds of times now nearly gone. But don’t be too surprised if you find yourself accosted by “cowboy gunfighters” – they’re a mainstay of Williams summertime entertainment! Located within this same historic area is the historic Grand Canyon Railway & Resort and Williams Depot. The sounds of steam and clanging bells grace the air as restored rolling stock depart Williams each day for the Grand Canyon.