The Story of “Old Bill Williams”: Scout of the Santa Fe Trail; For whom Bill Williams Mountain, the Town of Williams, Arizona and Bill Williams River were named (Pamphlet)


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Author: Wells, Frank Evarts (1887-1942)

Publisher: Williams News Press

Pub Date: 1954 (Eighth Edition)

Binding: Paperback

Condition: Poor.  Covers are separating from the staples.  Numerous chips and tears on front cover.  Rear cover has fold at lower corner, watermark on upper quarter.   Some interior pages separating from staples, a couple of pen marks.  Several pages have small tears at the edge.  I’m putting this in a mylar sleeve as soon as I finish this.  Tough shape.

Notes: Pamphlet.  A chatty biography of Williams, hyperbolic jingoism, with a history of how Flagstaff got its name, and a history of Seligman and Ash Fork, Arizona.  Because Williams is the last town before you get to the Grand Canyon, Wells–the owner of the town newspaper–wrote and printed this, aimed it at tourists to the Grand Canyon, and supported his family.  Advertising on both covers, and on several pages inside.


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