Bronze Sculpture of Bill Williams, Mountain Man with Northwest Trade
$3,857 (ref. 9/9)
16.75 x 7.25 x 5 inches
This bronze statue entitled "Ole Bill" was a favorite of President Ronald Reagan. One of
the limited edition statues was hand carried to Washington DC by Lee Henson of the Williams
On the capitol steps Henson and other mountain men reenactors dressed in buckskin shirts
and coonskin hats bestowed this piece to Senator Barry Goldwater for presentation to President Reagan
during presidential inaugural celebrations in January 1981.
This historically-accurate piece was obviously a favorite of President Reagan as it was displayed prominently in
the Oval Office throughout the duration of his term. The sculpture then made its way to the west coast where it was
displayed in the Reagan living quarters. That bronze statue by Bill Pettit is currently in the collection of the
Reagan Presidential Library and assigned the reference number 1985.00359.01.
B R Pettit was an Arizonan artist who is best known for his
monumental statue entitled "Ole Bill Williams" that stands as a sentinel to "The Gateway for the Grand Canyon"
in Williams, AZ. The eight-foot tall monument of the mountain man, for whom Williams, AZ was named, has become a
Route 66 icon.