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Show Low in Navajo County, Arizona — The American Mountains (Southwest)
 

“show low and you win the ranch".

 
 
"show low and you win the ranch". Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
1. "show low and you win the ranch". Marker
Inscription. In 1876, Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark, two ranchers who had both laid claim to, and eventually became partners in managing 100,000 acres of land at the northwest edge of the White Mountains determined that the land could not support two families. Neither man was willing to buy the other out.

To settle the matter, Cooley and Clark engaged in a friendly game of Seven Up. The game was played at the kitchen table of Cooley's two-story home atop the hill directly south of this monument where a church now stands. As the game neared completion Cooley needed just one point to win. With nothing else to lose, Clark, holding a three, exclaimed "show low and you win the ranch". Cooley drew the Deuce of Clubs. He renamed the ranch Show Low and the main street became known as the Deuce of Clubs.
 
Location. 34° 15.202′ N, 110° 1.857′ W. Marker is in Show Low, Arizona, in Navajo County. Marker is at the intersection of East Cooley Street and North 11th Street, on the right when traveling west on East Cooley Street. Touch for map. Marker is at or near this postal address: 1041 East Duece of Clubs, Show Low AZ 85901, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 4 other markers are within 11 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Showlow Valley Settlement
"show low and you win the ranch" Marker and Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
2. "show low and you win the ranch" Marker and Sculpture
The Marker is visible at the base of the sculpture.
(within shouting distance of this marker); Lakeside (approx. 7.5 miles away); Rodeo-Chediski Fire (approx. 8 miles away); Shumway Schoolhouse (approx. 10.8 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. A Close-Up Photo of the Sculpture. (Submitted on October 9, 2010.)
2. The Arizona Memory Project. Photos and information held in the Arizona Memories Project of Showlow and the area. (Submitted on October 9, 2010.) 
 
Categories. Notable EventsSettlements & Settlers
 
"show low and you win the ranch". Marker and Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
3. "show low and you win the ranch". Marker and Sculpture
"show low and you win the ranch" Sculpture image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, September 24, 2010
4. "show low and you win the ranch" Sculpture
 
 
Credits. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016. This page originally submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 711 times since then and 17 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 6, 2010, by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.
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