“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Williams in Coconino County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)

William Sherley Williams

William Sherley Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 8, 2010
1. William Sherley Williams Marker
Inscription. Sculpture by B.R. Pettit
"Old Bill" was born January 3, 1787 in North Carolina. He died March 24, 1849. In that 62 year life span he did a heap of living, most of it in the wilderness. In the late 1700's and early 1800's the mountain men were trappers. In the quest of fine furs, these master trappers shoved ever westward in the raw, new frontier, braving untamed Indians, Grisslies and worse - the cold relentless winters in the vast unexplored mountain wilderness. Their's was a lonely exsistence beset by many hazards. Fortunate were those who were able to live through a trapping season and get to rendezvous in the spring. After the fur market dwindled these frontiersmen became the trail- blazers of the west. The mountain men scouted the trails, escorted and guarded emigrant parties and surveying expeditions across the great unknown reaches of the unexplored west. Old Bill first visited the present site of Williams in about 1826. He was said to have spent the winter of 1832-33 in this area. In 1954 a group of Williams citizens formed The Bill Williams Mountain Men organization to perpetuate the lore, memory and romance of the mountain men of old - in particular, Old Bill Williams for whom a town, a mountain, and a river were named.
( Lower plaque)
This monument was made possible
William Sherley Williams Marker image. Click for full size.
By Mike Stroud, 2002
2. William Sherley Williams Marker
Figure: approx. 8 feet x 34 inches x 24 inches;The monument was unveiled in 1980 by Senator Barry Goldwater in a celebration that was covered by the national media.
by the contributions of ( list of 31 names)
Monument dedicated April 26, 1980.

Location. 35° 14.911′ N, 112° 11.724′ W. Marker is in Williams, Arizona, in Coconino County. Marker is on East Railroad Avenue near South 9th Street, in the median. Click for map. Located Monument Park, Between East Railroad Avenue (Historic Route 66) and West Grand Canyon Avenue (West Bill Williams Avenue). Marker is in this post office area: Williams AZ 86046, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Bill Williams Mountain (here, next to this marker); Sultana Theater (approx. 0.3 miles away); Babbitt-Polson Building (approx. 0.3 miles away); The "World Famous" Sultana (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pollock Building (approx. 0.4 miles away); Telegraph Office (approx. 0.4 miles away); Rittenhouse Haberdashery (approx. 0.4 miles away); Grand Canyon Drug Company (approx. 0.4 miles away). Click for a list of all markers in Williams.
Regarding William Sherley Williams. Killed by Indians in 1849
Also see . . .
1. Bill Williams Mountain Men of Williams. a group of business men, doctors, judges and ranchers that re-enact the life and rides of early fur trappers. (Submitted on January 14, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 

2. Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture, Smithsonian American Art Museum. SIRIS entry,Control Number: IAS AZ000467 (Submitted on January 14, 2010, by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina.) 
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Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. This page has been viewed 1,463 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona.   2. submitted on , by Mike Stroud of Bluffton, South Carolina. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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