(Show Low, AZ)
We took notice right away of the name of the main street in Show
Low when we were in town yesterday. Kind of an odd name for a main
thoroughfare. We figured it was associated with Hon-dah Casino which isn’t too
far from here.
When I was getting the link for the Cattlemen’s Restaurant for other day's post I noticed the story of how this town was named. Here it
Named by the Turn of a Card. Marion Clark and Corydon Cooley
are believed to have been the earliest non-Indian settlers in Show Low. In 1869, Cooley, a military veteran and Army Scout, arrived in
search of the fabled “Doc Thorn” mine, rumored to lie somewhere in the wilds of
the White Mountains. He was accompanied by A.F. Banta and Henry Wood Dodd. They
never located the missing mine, but Cooley found the environment so inviting
that he decided to put down roots. By 1873, Cooley and Clark became partners. The two men decided to part ways and dissolve their partnership
by playing a game of “Seven-Up” to see which of them would keep the ranch.
It is told that as the night wore on, Clark said, “If you can
show low, you take the ranch.”
Then as Cooley turned over the lowest card of that game, he
cried, “Show Low it is!” Thus a legend began.
A century later the main street in town would be called the
“Deuce of Clubs” in honor of the legend.