Mountain Man Old Bill Williams: Cannibal or Not?

bronze scultor of man dressed in buckskins and holding a rufle is Bill Williams found on Route 66 in Arizona

When you travel along Route 66 and other parts of the American Southwest, you will run across the name “Bill Williams” in many places. That is because “Old Bill Williams” as he was called, covered a lot of territory in the mid-1800s.

  • Pueblo, CO
  • Taos, New Mexico
  • Los Angeles, CA

to name a few of the the trapper, trader and scout’s favorite haunts.

Bill Williams Mountain outside of Williams, AZ, on historic Route 66 is named for him. The photo above is a statue of Bill Williams by sculptor Bill Pettit. There is quite a variance of commentary over his controversial life. Missionary to the Indians, horse thief, friend of Kit Carson and cannibal. What’s true?

Stay tuned as I do more research on this 19th-Century vagabond. Vote now with you comment below: Was famed traveler Bill Williams a cannibal?

UNSTOPPABLE Stacey is a Flagstaff travel writer and your source for travel deals and travel tips to make your journey easy and fun.

Today I can’t stop exploring the world (I blame it on my father’s Viking blood) and write about my adventures – many as a solo woman traveler. Life isn’t always rosy; I lost my firecracker reasoning skill to head injury in a horrific rollover accident that should have taken my life. Brain injury hasn’t stopped me from traveling, although it sometimes makes for amusing travel antidotes that I hope you will enjoy. That’s why they call me “UNSTOPPABLE!”

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