Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion
Clark decided there was not enough room for both of them in their
settlement. The two men agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to
move. According to the story, Clark said, "If you can show low, you
win." Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, "Show low
Show Low, the commercial and tourism capital
of the White Mountains, was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953.
Located in southern Navajo Country at an elevation of 6,400 feet, the city is
175 miles northeast of Phoenix, and 195 miles north of Tucson.
Tourism and recreation are the foundation of the economy of Show Low. Due
to its size and location, the community serves as a regional trade and services
center for southern Navajo County and portions of southern Apache County. It
is also an entry point for visitors to the White Mountain recreation areas.
Wholesale concens include lumber companies, concrete plants, and bottled
gas firms. Navajo County business offices and regional headquarters and Navapache Regional Medial Center, a regional trauma hospital, are maintained
in Show Low.
Most Show Low manufacturing employment is in the forest products industry.
Arizona's only pulp and papermill, ABITIBI Consolidated, located northwest of
Show Low, is the area's largest employer. Show Low also has a modling mill,
machine shop, and pellet mill. The city, a designated Enterprise Zone as well
as an active Main Street City, runs a business incubator faility, an industrial
park and operates the regional Show Low Municipal Airport.
Sources: Arizona Department of Economic Security and U.S.
* Local Sources estimate a trade area population of 55,000
For more information you may please contact:
- City of Show Low
200 W. Cooley
Show Low, Arizona 85929
Phone: (520) 537- 5724
FAX: (520) 537-2338
- Show Low Chamber of Commerce
P.O. Box 1083
Show Low, AZ 85901
- White Mountain
Regional Development Corporation
1201 E. Cooley, Suite F
Show Low, AZ 85901
(800) 818-2520 toll free
Fax (520) 537-3830