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Route 66 uses two one way streets a block apart in Williams. This page
follows Railroad Ave. west and then turns south one block and heads east
on (the original) Historic Route 66.
1500 E. Route 66
This is a drive thru animal park with bears, wolves, bison, mountain
and other critters wandering around stay ... read
Side Trip: The 1926 - 1931 alignment starts shortly after you turn
off the main road to get to Bearizona.
The 1926 to 1931 alignment of Route 66 followed this low maintenance
gravel road. Access it from Bearizona Blvd or exit 161 ... read
Back on 66: Continue west on the main road towards downtown
141 W. Railroad Ave., Williams, AZ 86046
Originally it was the Cabinet Saloon Building built in 1893, it
is one of the oldest buildings in Williams ... read
Side Trip: If you're taking the train to the Grand Canyon, the depot
is where you get on. If you're driving, back track to I-40 exit 165
and take Hwy. 64 north from there.
Canyon National Park
It's all but impossible to give an idea of just how big the Grand
Canyon is, you really need to see it to get the idea. Plan on spending
several hours here ... read
Back on 66: Head back to Williams by train or car. Then continue
west on Railroad Ave or I-40.
200 W. Railroad Ave.
The visitor information center offers a lot of local information
as well as a small gift shop ... read
Red Cross Garage
221 W. Railroad Ave, Williams, AZ
This garage was built in 1916 as a sales and service shop for
cars. It also housed a bowling alley at one time ... read
Easbound Rt 66
301 W Route 66, Williams, AZ
This is the 1912 Sultana building that once housed a saloon and
a movie theater. The first "talkie" in Northern Arizona
was shown here in 1930.
233 W. Historic Route 66
1910 Telegraph Office. There's an old car parked on the canopy
above the patio, but the rest of us have to ... read
Town Bypassed Mural
Right next to the Pollock Building
This mural commemorates Williams being the last town bypassed by
Route 66 on October 13, 1984 ... read
145 W Route 66
With it's neon sign proudly declaring "Since 1891" the
Grand Canyon Hotel claims to be the oldest hotel in Arizona ...
Jeff's Place at Goldies
425 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ
This was original a Denny's which opened in 1962. Well those days
are gone and now it's Jeff's Place at Goldie's ... read
617 E. Route 66., Williams, AZ
The new 18-unit El Rancho opened in 1958 (or in 1953) and advertised
"Tubs and Showers in Every Room"... read
Red Roof Inn
642 E. Route 66, Williams, AZ
The former Thunderbird Inn opened in 1957 and had 96 rooms with
a swimming pool, gift shop, restaurant and ...read
Note: Heading West, Turn around where the two one way streets meet
and head west on Railroad Ave. and keep going west out of town.
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