Walter William Road Monument in Antigua Guatemala

Walter William Road Monument in Antigua

He just happened to be there for the inauguration of the road; that is the short answer for yesterday’s question.

Believe or not, the monument plaque says that this monument was erected in the memory of Walter Williams who happens to be present on the date of inauguration for the the road. I guess that back in 1925, Guatemala was still a jungle and foreign visitors were scarce, so they needed to erect a monument to celebrate such an important event.

Now, does anybody out there really know why Walter Williams got a piece road in La Antigua Guatemala named after him? I would like to know.

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  • Hey Rudy,

    I have to admit that I’m a little bit miffed about this! I’ve been all over Guatemala and never had so much as a dead end named after me. Heck, I’d be happy if a sidewalk were named after me. Sigh. I guess I’m about 80 years too late to make an impression as a gringo in Guatemala.

    ps: glad to hear you made it through the temblor ok!

  • Jerry

    How funny! I guess this is a case of being in the right place at the right time…. Sometimes the street names here get a bit creative and even sometimes controversial. Neighbors often feud abut which relative the street should be named after. Maybe we should name our streets after guests to our country. Hmmmm…

  • I have been reading about Walter Williams and the university of mo. in coloumbia mo.
    i could not get a answer as to why he was in guatemala but that school has one of the larges botanical gardens in the U S. and it was being started in thoes years while he was at the school , so i figure they were there getting plants and he was involved.

  • Rob, this is too bad. You deserve the fountain in Parque Central in zone 1 named after you at least. I will call Berger tomorrow to see what can be done about it. In the mean time, I naming my driveway after you. 😉

    Jerry, let me know as soon as you get your town to name the streets after the guests and I will come and visit you in East Texas. I too would like a piece of road name after me.

    Patsy, let me know if you find out why he had a piece road named after him.

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