Charles Gordon McDowell was a well-known Williams businessman and a member of the Coconino County Board of Supervisors. He was a previous owner of the Wagon Wheel Winery formerly known as the Wagon Wheel Lodge from 1937-1959. McDowell was born on March 22, 1901 in Arkansas City, Kansas and married his wife Juanita in 1933. For 10 years Charles served as an auditor for the Continental Oil Company which took him through Williams several times where he soon moved to.
He was the distributor for Mobil Oil at the Lodge. He was a seven-year member of the Bill Williams Mountain Men and made the trip to the nation’s capital where the famous bearded group appeared in the Inaugural parade in January 1961. McDowell was also a member of the Williams Rotary Club, the Williams Masonic Lodge, a past member of the Lions Club and a member of the Williams Grand Canyon Chamber of Commerce. After suffering from three heart attacks McDowell now rests in Williams Cemetery.