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?
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