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2016 Fall Mountain Trip Part 23; former US Route 66 and US Route 89 in Williams

After leaving the Grand Canyon I headed south on Arizona State Route 64 towards Williams for the night.  While Williams is famous is being part of US Route 66 it also has significance as part of US Route 89 and the south terminus of the Grand Canyon Railroad.


This article serves the 23rd entry in the 2016 Fall Mountain Trip Series.  Part 22 on Arizona State Route 64, Grand Canyon National Park, and the western terminus of US Route 180 can be found here:

2016 Fall Mountain Trip Part 22; Arizona State Route 64, Grand Canyon National Park, and the weird west terminus of US Route 180

Williams was plotted out in 1879 as a rail siding of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad.  Williams was named after Bill Williams who was a well known traveler of what would become the American Southwest in the early 19th century.


Williams can be seen on the Third Operating Map of the Atlantic and Pacific Railroad in 1882.


Williams is famously the last town in Arizona along the alignment of US 66 to be bypas…

2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 22; US Route 550, the Million Dollar Highway, and San Juan Skyway

After leaving Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park I returned to US Route 50 via Colorado State Route 347.  I traveled west on US 50 towards Montrose to reach US 550.  My route ahead was south over the San Juan Mountains via; US 550, the Million Dollar Highway, and San Juan Skyway.


This article serves as the 22nd entry in the 2016 Summer Mountain Trip Series.  Part 21 regarding CO 347, South Rim Road, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park can be found below:

2016 Summer Mountain Trip Part 21; CO 347, South Rim Road, and Black Canyon of the Gunnison National Park

US 550 over the San Juan Mountains is one of the most well known scenic highways in Colorado and is a segment of the 233 mile San Juan Skyway.  US 550 is mostly known for the narrow segment of highway from Ouray south over Red Mountain Pass to Silverton.  This segment of US 550 between Ouray and Silverton is known historically as the "Million Dollar Highway."

The origins of the Million Dollar Highway da…