Show Low, Az.

This town ain’t big enough for the two of us.

How about that for a town origin? That’s what you get in Arizona.

“According to the legend, the city was named after a marathon poker game between C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark. The two men 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 tale, Clark said, “If you can show low, you win.” Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, “Show low it is.”

That is sure to give Show Low an outlaw vibe. So does this…

Show Low’s┬ámain street is named “Deuce of Clubs” in remembrance.

Wiki offers a story with less bravado, too, if that’s your thing.

Another belief about the name is that the two men were in a race for mayor and the vote ended in a tie. The agreement was to open a fresh deck of cards, shuffle them and on the flip of a coin, begin taking turns flipping the cards until one turned over the deuce of clubs, making Cooley the first mayor and the name of the town.

Show Low has about 10,700 people and is located in east central Arizona.

It is the home of George Takai.

This entry was posted in Arizona, Wiki Travel. Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

*

You may use these HTML tags and attributes: <a href="" title=""> <abbr title=""> <acronym title=""> <b> <blockquote cite=""> <cite> <code> <del datetime=""> <em> <i> <q cite=""> <strike> <strong>