Williams is in Lake of the Woods county in northern Minnesota. According to the 2010 Census, Williams has 191 residents.
On October 7th, 1910, Williams was decimated by the Baudette Fire–a wildfire that scorched over 300,000 acres and nearly a dozen communities in both the United States and Canada. Varied sources report the death toll between 29 and 42. Thousands were left homeless and The American Red Cross and The National Guard assisted in the recovery effort.
Today, Williams is a quiet little community with plentiful resort traffic. Emma Katka contributed these photos of the Williams abandoned school, which was also used as the Williams Community Center for a time.
Photos by Emma Katka
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