Wild West Junction

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Chrisman, IL114 contributions
Aug 2020 • Family
We went here to check it out and there was a guy singing. We sat and ordered a side and decided to eat somewhere else since the price of food was outrageous. There are picnic tables out back to sit on.
Written August 12, 2020
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Sedona, AZ72 contributions
Apr 2021 • Couples
Not a lot of frills, but plenty of charm and character—just like Williams. Perfect location. Walk to all the shops and restaurants. Dan is a wonderful host, and the bar is very fun. Lots of locals, and that’s always a good sign! We stayed in the Trapper Room. So cozy and a nice, comfortable bed! A great Williams experience.
Written April 13, 2021
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Stacey L
Phoenix, AZ64 contributions
May 2016 • Friends
You can decommission a road, but you can’t decommission its memories. The next trip you take could be “inside” the largest museum in the entire world, starting in Chicago, winding through Williams, and finally ending in sunny California. Although never the longest or most-traveled highway connecting big cities to rural areas, it is, nonetheless, famed in books, movies and song. The seed for “the great emigrant road,” also known as, the “Will Rogers Highway,” the “Mother Road,” and formally, Route 66, was planted in the 1850’s.

Yes, the Mother Road has a “past.” Before Route 66 there was a dirt path called the Beale Trail, started in 1857. The Beale Trail, in turn, led the way for the transcontinental railway; and Route 66 closely followed the railway alignment decades later. Our national desire to get places faster was the beginning of the end for Route 66. In 1962, the federal government commissioned a new member to the growing family of Interstates, and I-40, which paralleled the path of its predecessor, was begun. Faced with bypasses, the towns along “66” endured many hardships and lives were changed across eight states and three time zones.

The last town in America to hold out against the opening of I-40 was Williams, Arizona. Lawsuits over paving materials delayed the bypass for years. But finally, on a beautiful fall Saturday, October 13th, 1984—in Williams—America bid farewell to Rt. 66. The closing ceremonies took place on the overpass of I-40 where it crosses over Grand Canyon Boulevard on the north side of town. People from all over the country, even the world, were there to pay their respects to a road that had served the people of a continent since 1926. The Mayor gave a speech as did dignitaries from around the state. Bobby Troup, the man who wrote the song, “Get Your Kicks on Rt. 66,” was there, and he performed his song to the delight of everyone present.

A year later in 1985, a new marshal came to town: John Moore. That was the same year that Rt. 66 was officially decommissioned. After serving as the town’s chief of police for six years to the day, John put on a different badge and became, “Marshal John B. Goodmore” for the Grand Canyon Railway. “Watch out,” he says, “The ‘B” stands for ‘B’ good or ‘B’ gone!” He must have been a good marshal because the town elected him as mayor in 2006–a post he holds to this day. Now-a-days when he’s not at City Hall, you can find John at another “city” called, Old West Junction, that he owns on the east end of town.

“I am in the entertainment business,” he said, looking as though he just won a gunfight in Tombstone. “We’re trying to spread more business to the east end of town.” Combing tourism and living contemporary history is the newest move among many towns along the historic route. This town’s mayor is holding true to the heritage of the town and embracing the call of the road. All the rooms at the Junction are themed (Bordello, Trapper, Hacienda, etc) and the saloon and restaurants hold true to the Old West theme, as well.

The whole town of Williams reflects an earlier era. Known as “The Gateway to the Grand Canyon,” it was established by mountain men, cowboys, ranchers, and railroaders. Today, Williams is home to the Grand Canyon Railway, Bearizona, and nightly, Old West “shoot-outs” during the summer season. Slow down and just enjoy the ride through town. But if the residential speed is a little too slow and you’re looking for some adrenaline pumping fun, there’s a Zip Line right in the middle of town.

Williams is great for all ages and nationalities. Families from all over the globe experience the rebirth of historic Route 66, usually while on their way to the Grand Canyon. Some visitor information is printed in seven or more languages to accommodate the world visitors and their families.

Family stories, even Interstate families, can have happy endings. Some family stories begin at the Grand Canyon and some begin in nearby Williams or other Rt. 66 communities. The Mother Road provided life to the country that built her and took on a life of its own, refusing to be lost with time or dimming like headlights. As the travelers come and go, they take their stories with them, along with countless memories that are connected by a living road and can never be “decommissioned.”
Written July 9, 2016
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Ron B
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Sep 2021
The big ranch gate entrance sign says "Steakhouse". So I ordered a New York Cut and received something that was an about 3/8" thick piece of trash, probably a flank or skirt steak - uneatable, but still they charged $23.
There is no waiter service - you have to order inside. And since I lost my glasses I trusted the girl at the counter to enter an appropriate tip for me - she added 23%.
The town is a tourist trap of the worst kind, but this place tops it all.
Written September 23, 2021
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somewhere USA22 contributions
Jun 2021
We read reviews and saw on U Tube so we were anxious to try this place for my birthday trip. Couldn't figure out where to order dinner, bar full and loud and no one seemed to care if customers needed help. The people eating outside where we wanted to eat had what appeared to be amazing steaks. Disappointed we ended up going to Pine Country and had a salad because no customer service.
Written June 23, 2021
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Oct 2013
Hoping for a good meal and inviting ambiance, we found ourselves waiting for over half an hour for a table for 4. The wait staff was horribly rushed, we were ignored time and time again. Once we were finally seated at a filthy table and our orders were taken the waiter just disappeared. All the tables in our area were treated the same way, we overheard many complaints, wrong orders being brought out, having to wait for long periods of time for the check, at least 3 tables actually got up and walked out due to no service. We voiced strong requests for management 4 times, the food was finally brought out, the orders were wrong and we demanded and got our meals on the house. The manager came out, apologized and recognized the service was pathetic and awful and understood we will not be returning. My family understood that there were several large parties and the restaurant was horribly understaffed, but we were appalled by the overall extremely poor quality of food and service. Must've been a bad night or something. I don't recommend this restaurant to anybody.
Written October 5, 2013
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Los Angeles, CA34 contributions
Apr 2014 • Solo
Williams is the most enchanting small town I've visited in America and equally enchanting is Wild West Junction. As someone who works in the film and television industry, who's worked on the back lots of movie studios, visiting this property is, in fact, like visiting the back lot of a Hollywood movie studio. They even stage Wild West gunfights in high season. It's a magical place to take your kids to and it was magical for me. It really is like stepping back in time to the Wild West, complete with its owner, also the mayor of Williams, who can be found often times, with cowboy hat in place, mixing with guests in the property's saloon which oozes with character, great well drinks, and hot wings and barbecue, not to mention their great live entertainment, featuring superb local talent. The saloon at Wild West Junction is the night time place in Williams to have some good adult fun. It's a wonderfully lively place to come. The staff in the restaurant and bar are just some of the most down-to-earth, down home folks, who aim to please. I want to give a special shout out to Sheila, Cody, and the two Dana's, who made me feel like a visiting dignitary. Both Williams and Wild West Junction are great pieces of Americana inhabiting Old Route 66 and are a do not miss. I would like to leave you all with a special mention about Wild West Junction's owner and, as mentioned, the city's mayor. It's no surprise that his staff are such good-hearted people. It comes from the top-down. As you travel around town, you hear stories about Mayor Moore and the incredible acts of kindness he's done on behalf of those in their time of need. The whole town and Wild West Junction mirrors the mayor's character and is a place of people with great stories--of how they came to be in Williams. And the greatest story is that of the good-hearted mayor who contributes greatly to the character of the town. Williams and Wild West Junction is a piece of America not to be missed.
Written April 13, 2014
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Dartford, UK13 contributions
Sep 2012 • Family
We stumbled upon this place by accident and were we lucky or what. It was rodeo weekend and the owner, John, had thought the room entitled "Hacienda" had already been let for the night.

We were on our way to another steak house when a voice shouted "where y'all folks going"
We turned and was greeted by a cowboy. My girlfriend asked if they had food and alchohol to which he replied "yes ma'am" I asked If they had a room "yes sir" was the reply.

We viewed the room and was impressed- two queen size beds, two private balconies, a bar (dry)
tv, air con a jacuzzi bath and all done out with both style and taste. Before I could get my cash out my girlfriend had moved in!
Next came the food which was cooked to perfection with multiple people all claiming to be the chef- I dont care who cooked it, it was just sooooo good.
They had a guy with a guitar singing and entertaining the crowd of around 35 people.
We got talking to the owner who turned out to be the Mayor of the town as well as the honoury Sherriff. We then had a roping lesson from "red" at 11 oclock at night which was sooo funny.
After a really good nights sleep (slightly interupted by the 4 o'clock freight train, which to be fair added to the experience) we went to breakfast which was included....
It was just like the evening meal the night before, huge and cooked to perfection.
Again we were entertained by "red" and when it was time to leave handshakes were given and a .45 cartridge case (empty) and made into a whistle was given as a present.
A truly awesome experience and we will go back again
Thanks Mayor Moore and Red
Written September 5, 2012
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Somerton, AZ12 contributions
Aug 2018
Williams, AZ is our Summer goto place... Ooops, gave away our secret.
Visit Williams and WWJ. Old West Gunfights in the street every night in Summer months.
Written January 21, 2019
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Northern CA116 contributions
Apr 2018 • Couples
We loved this place, had a wonderful rib dinner here. Plus, the dollar bills which paper the walls and ceiling enticed us to leave our own. I can't wait to go back to check it out! Great food, great service, we really enjoyed ourselves here.
Written October 7, 2018
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