Room 1 – The Show Low Room

Room 1

This room tells the story of Show Low from its native ancestors in the 1100’s – 1500’s throughout the present. Show Low was founded in 1870 by Corydon Cooley, at the time it was named Cooley Ranch. Corydon Cooley and Marian Clark were partners in the 100,000 acre ranch. As time passed, and the legend goes, the partners decided that only one should be the sole owner of the ranch.Unable to decide which one that would be, the two men played a card game of “Seven Up”. After playing all night with no winner, Clark told Cooley, “If you show low then you take the ranch.”.  Cooley reportedly threw down the deuce of clubs and won the 100,000 acre ranch including the cattle, crops, and buildings. Corydon and Mollie are buried next to each other in the Fort Apache Cemetery near Whiteriver, Az. The creek which flowed through the ranch was named Show Low Creek and a century later, the main street through the growing community became the Deuce of Clubs. Show Low was incorporated in 1953.


The Show Low room is our gathering place for The Regal Wood Carvers, Thursday mornings at 10:00 a.m. Come join the group for activities and great conversation. Wednesday mornings the Quilters meet to share their talents and stories. Contact information: Show Low Museum 928-532-7115 

The library in this room invites the reader to sit and enjoy the extensive collection of Arizona Highways  magazines dating back to the 1950’s . Located just above the  library case is a display of geological items sponsored by the White Mountain Gem & Mineral Club. The White Mountains have a diverse geological history ranging from the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff to the Springerville Volcanic Field.

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Historical Tour of Show Low 1910 to 1930. Courtesy of Show Low TV. Click here

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