William Sherley Williams
Eight-foot monument erected by the City of Williams to honor the mountain man for whom the town was
Not for sale
8 ft. x 34 in. x 24 in. without base
Base: concrete inset with small chunks of
Base: approx. 7 x 38 x 37 in.
Control Number: IAS AZ000467
Repository: Inventories of American Painting and Sculpture,
Smithsonian American Art Museum, P.O. Box 37012, MRC 970, Washington, D.C.
The monument was unveiled in 1980 by Senator Barry Goldwater in a
celebration that was covered by the national media.
B R Pettit was an Arizonan artist who is best known for his
bronze sculptures including 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.