Las Vegas, Nevada to Williams, Arizona

5 09 2013

Cedar City lies about 280 km north east of Las Vegas but we took a roundabout route past the Hoover Dam, Grand Canyon and Bryce Canyon with a couple of overnight stays in small towns on the way, the first one being Williams, Az. In all about 1025 km. I hadn’t realised that we were going to pass by the Hoover Dam when I was planning the trip but of course it was something that we couldn’t miss. It’s an impressive piece of engineering from the nineteen thirties. Originally called Boulder Dam it was later renamed after President Hoover. Until 2010 all the traffic on Route 93 ran across the top of the dam. It is now lead along a bypass that is much safer.

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

New bridge downstream from Hoover Dam

New bridge downstream from Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam - could be a scene from Myst

Hoover Dam – could be a scene from Myst

Hoover Dam

Hoover Dam

In addition to the views of and around the dam I found a few benchmark markers to add to my existing minute collection of three. 🙂

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

Benchmark at Hoover Dam

From Hoover Dam we continued on along Route 93 to Kingman where we thought we would stop for lunch. There isn’t really anything there so we continued on to Williams where we stayed the night. This is a very small town but no longer in the arid desert landscape that we had seen from Las Vegas through Kingman. Nonetheless it was still good to be able to drink a well earned thirst quenching cold locally brewed( we were about 50 meters from the brewery) beer. We found Howie’s Riding the Rails and Welcome to Williams which are traditional caches and a fun virtual cache Eight Cribs, The highlight of the day was the excellent birthday dinner at Red Raven Restaurant.

Welcome to Williams micor

Welcome to Williams micor

Williams, Cruiser 66

Williams, Cruiser 66

Williams hay station

Williams hay station

Grand Canyon Railroad locomotive

Grand Canyon Railroad locomotive

Everything is from the early sixties in Williams

Everything is from the early fifties or sixties in Williams including the staff. 🙂

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