Now come with us to the Wild West, to 1881, Williams, Arizona, which is the Gateway to the Grand Canyon!
With our rental car, we arrived in Williams, coming from Phoenix airport.
GATEWAY TO THE GRAND CANYON
And YES, I too did drive the Historic and famous Mainstreet of America!
Route US 66...
Famous AND Infamous as it was established in 1926 and it served as a major thoroughfare for those who migrated west during the Dust Bowl; called The Great Okie Migration
Williams, Arizona is right on Route 66!
Williams Junction Amtrak, is where our Grand Canyon Railway Hotel was and you can see Route 66 on the map.
To the left is the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel
←(click it) and here you also see some historic Lima Locomotive at the Arizona State Railroad Museum here in Williams, AZ.
The weather for our stay during Labor Day weekend was absolutely fabulous!
This is the layout.
A huge hotel and the green roof below is their huge restaurant.
To the left of the restaurant, you see the Railway Depot and also you can see the train...
photo is from the Grand Canyon Railway Hotel link above...
This is the view from the hotel, just across the road and here you enter the Railway Depot.
Here husband Pieter, standing behind the historic Railway Depot; ready to board the train!
Both of us did have breakfast early, when it still was quiet...
This is the Grand Canyon train! You also can now see to the right, the green roof from the huge restaurant.
The Railroad Museum
in Williams, has lots for visitors to see!
1908 by the Atchison, Topeka and Santa Fe Railroad...
by Old West Gunfights on Route 66: Williams, Arizona
Behind the Williams Railway Depot is this original Santa Fe locomotive
Below, you will see also The Wild West Photos...
It was in 1988 that the Santa Fe
maintenance crews and the field engineer abandon the Williams train station facility for good...
History of the Train
Williams Depot Re-Opens in 1989
when Max and Thelma Biegert had purchased it!
STEAM IS BACK IN 1996!
Every first Saturday of the month you can ride this historic steam locomotive No. 4960.
It got restored for $ 1.5 million and took 80,000 man-hours!
1999 Grand Canyon Railway
PLACED AS A HISTORIC PLACE
2007 XANTERRA TAKES OWNERSHIP
2009 STEAM REINSTATED
and to run purely on waste vegetable oil (WVO)
dubbed the 'Cataract Creek Rambler.'
That brings us to the WORLD FAMOUS
CATARACT CREEK GANG
WILD WEST SHOW...
Before we will board the train at 9:30 AM, there will be a WILD WEST SHOW
at 9:00 AM!
AND... This Gang also robs the train every day at 5:00 PM on its way back to Williams.