History of Show Low

Show Low was named by the turn of card.  Two early settlers, Corydon Cooley and Marion Clark, decided there wasn’t enough room for both of them in the community and agreed to let a game of cards decide who was to get the 100,000 acre ranch and who was to move on.  The card game went on through the night and according to the story, Clark said to Cooley, “If you can show low, you win.” Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs and replied, “show low it is.” Show Low got its name from that card game and Show Low’s main street is named “Deuce of Clubs” in remembrance.

The public can see and learn all about the chronological history of Show Low at the Show Low Historical Society Museum.

History of Pinetop-Lakeside

1880s: The first settlers arrived in the area, primarily made up of six Latter-Day Saints (Mormon) families.
1884: Hans Hansen, Sr., a native of Denmark, was appointed by the church to represent the area as bishop of the Show Low ward.
1891: Bishop Hansen’s home burned down and he relocated from the Show Low area to Warren Ranch in Pinetop.
1893: Hansen bought a squatter’s right to a small log house in Woodland.
1890s: Farms and orchards started being developed which led to disputes over water rights. This was also the time formal schooling emerged.
1903-1904: Except for Adair Spring and Pinetop, the mountain’s freshwater sources dried and residents were forced to haul their water from the two available resources.
1904: Following the drought was the wettest season of the year. The heavy rainfall was said to have contributed to the decision to build a reservoir. Hansen scoped our several locations for dams and irrigation ditches, and the first dam on Rainbow Lake was built.
1905: A massive decline in sheep occurred and many of the local sheep farmers were forced to sell out.
1906: Pinetop was covered with countless mature trees and a handful of underbrush. With the emergence of the sawmills, old trees were cut down and new pines sprang up.
1984: The year when the communities of Lakeside and Pinetop incorporated as the “Town of Pinetop-Lakeside.”