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The entire downtown of Williams is listed on the National Register for Historic Places. The Turquoise Tepee is one of the oldest businesses housed in its original building in town.

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A visit to Williams, Ariz.

With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust. How did a town of 3,000 reinvent itself when it didn’t have the red rocks of Sedona or the attractions of Flagstaff? Well, Williams didn’t have much once the cars were gone and the copper long ago mined. What it did have was history, spunk and one of the greatest natural wonders at its doorstep. A visit to Williams today is an unexpected treat.

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Williams — past and present

Route 66, wildlife park and rail trip to Grand Canyon keep town alive

With the great road west debunked by an interstate highway in 1978, the town of Williams found itself bypassed by time, languishing in the hot sun — the ruins of a boomtown that went bust.

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