A group of men from Williams Arizona formed a non-profit riding club in the latter part of 1953.  This corporation would be called the Bill Williams Mountain Men, dedicated to the preservation of the traditions and ways of our nation's greatest and most daring explorers and pioneers, the  Mountain Men and more particularly the exploits of Bill Williams, a Mountain Man who explored the West during the period in the early development of the United States and who the town of Williams Arizona was named after.

The purpose of the corporation is to:

  • Emulate the costomes and appearance and to further the general knowledge of the accomplishments of the early mountain men
  • To perpetuate the lore, memory, and romance of the mountain men and early pioneers
  • To work for the common and best interests of the group and the community of Williams, Arizona

Members dress in their buckskin clothes and participate in various rodeo grand entries and parades in the area as well as visiting various hospitals, nursing homes and other charitable functions as requested.

Designated as the official Ambassadors of Arizona by Governor Babbitt, the Bill Williams Mountain Men have participated in five Presidential Inaugural ceremonies in Washington DC.  In 1961 the group shipped their own horses by rail to Washington DC.  After that, they rented horses in the DC area.  The Bill Williams Mountain men are also listed as a local legacy in the Library of Congress.

Each year, an Annual Rendevous Ride by horse or mule from Williams Arizona to a location in the Phoenix valley is held which covers approximately 200 miles in six to seven days.  The ride has been held each year since 1954.

Additional yearly activities include:

  • Parada del Sol Parade, Scottsdale, AZ                          
  • Wickenburg Parade, Wickenburg, AZ         
  • Annual Steak Fry                                                                
  • Rendezvous Ride                                                               
  • Memorial Day Parade, Williams, Az                               
  • Frontier Days Parade, Presoctt, AZ                                
  • Labor Day Parade/Rodeo Williams, AZ                         
  • Annual Raffle Dinner                                                          
  • Fiesta Bowl Parade Phoenix, Az                                     

The group also donates to various scholarships to students in Williams.

For more information regarding the Bill Williams Mountain Men contact:  MOUNTAINMAN8(at)Q.COM

 

 

 

 

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