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Show Low, Arizona (U.S.)

Navajo County

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[Flag of Show Low, Arizona] image by Masao Okazaki, 7 February 2021

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Masao Okazaki, 7 February 2021

"Show Low was named after a marathon poker game played between two early settlers. They 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. According to the story, one of them said, “If you can show low, you win.” The other one 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."
Town website
Ivan Sache, 9 February 2021


[City seal] image located by Paul Bassinson, 17 April 2019

Paul Bassinson, 17 April 2019

The website at shows a simple seal in the standard circular format. The outer ring is white fimbriated black, with the words 'CITY OF SHOW LOW ARIZONA' in black capitals at the top of the circle and the date 1953 at the bottom. The center of the seal is extremely unusual; it is multicolored and duplicates the Arizona state flag, with the exception that in the center of the flag, instead of a star, there is a playing card bendwise. The card is the Deuce of Spades in black, and in most card games is the lowest value in any suit within a deck. Given the colorful history of the Old West, I can almost guarantee that there was at least one casino in the town!
Ron Lahav, 6 May 2004

Show Low was named as the result of a card game played around 1876. Corydon E. Cooley, a government scout with General George Crook in 1872 and 1873, married the daughter of Chief Pedro of the White Mountain Apaches and in 1875 established his home on Show Low Creek. His place soon gained A NAME for having comfort and cleanliness not often found by pioneer travelers. Marion Clark was his partner in the venture, but later Clark decided that the venture would not work. The two men agreed to play a game of Seven-Up to decide who should move. As the last hand was dealt, Cooley needed a single point to win. Clark, running his eye over his cards, is believed to have said, 'If you can show low, you win.' Cooley threw down his hand and remarked, 'Show low it is.' The words immediately became the identifying name for the location.
Philip Heikkonen, Director of the Show Low Public Library, 13 May 2004