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Show Low Historical Society Collection Highlights
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    • Blacksmithing Tools:  Anvil

    • Blacksmithing Tools: Anvil
    • Unknown
    • Metalworking Tools and Equipment
    • 27"x11"x10" iron anvil of unknown date or origin, passed down to George Q. Matkin in 1896 by his uncle Charles Drury. George Q. learned the trade of blacksmithing from his Uncle Charles Drury
    • McNary Barbershop's Chair

    • McNary Barbershop's Chair
    • Koken Company
    • Businesses
    • 37"x 26 1/2"x 70" metal chair upholstered with brown leather on a heavy metal circular base, circa 1920s For five decades, McNary, located 19 miles South of Show Low, was a thriving sawmill town where people from all over the White Mountains came...
    • The Primary Song Book, Including Marches and Voluntaries

    • The Primary Song Book, Including Marches and Voluntaries
    • Gen. Bd of the Primary Assoc. of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Book
    • 5 1/2" x 7 3/4" 200 page songbook with tan hardback cover, copyright 1939, Salt Lake City, Utah. Religion classes and Primary were organized by Stake President Jesse N. Smith on January 25, 1891 in Adair. Besides classes, Primary dances taught...
    • Photograph of Niels Samuel Hansen

    • Photograph of Niels Samuel Hansen
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • 5.5" x 7" B&W Photograph of Niels Samuel Hansen, the father of Lakeside, AZ. While living in Show Low in 1903, Niels Hansen surveyed the ditch that brought water down from Lakeside with his homemade water level instrument. The instrument used...
    • Mountain Lion Hide with Spear that Killed It

    • Mountain Lion Hide with Spear that Killed It
    • Lewis, Eb (Spear maker)
    • Natural History: Biology: Lion; T&E for Science and Technology: Armament - Edged: Spear
    • 7 1/2 ft. long golden-brown mountain lion skin from the White Mountains of Arizona and 8 ft. long metal spear handmade by Eb Lewis, circa 1960. Trophy mountain lion skin that Eb Lewis killed with his handmade spear somewhere in the White...
    • McNary's Business District:  General Store, Offices and Theater

    • McNary's Business District: General Store, Offices and Theater
    • Curro, Sally
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B & W Photograph of McNary, AZ Business District ca. 1950s McNary was a transplanted and segregated "company town" about 4 mles south of Pinetop, AZ on Highway 260, 1923-1980. Before it was McNary, it was called Cooley, Arizona as it had been...
    • Photograph of Guests at Cooley Ranch

    • Photograph of Guests at Cooley Ranch
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B&W Photograph believed to be taken at Cooley ranch, south of Show Low in 1909. From left to right: Corydon E. Cooley, man in wagon behind Cooley is believed to be, George Smalley, a reporter for the Arizona Republican, Ernest Lewis, an...
    • Photograph of Logging by Horses

    • Photograph of Logging by Horses
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photograph
    • B&W Photograph of early logging by horses. Sawmills began operating in the White Mountains around 1880, making lumber and shingles to build houses for early settlers. Logs were first hauled by team and wagon, and then brought in by train.
    • Photograph of Early Logging Train

    • Photograph of Early Logging Train
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B&W Photograph of Early Logging Train. In the early days, lumbering, ranching and freighting were the only industries on the mountain. Lumbering camps owned by Southwest Forest Industries, such as Standard, sprang up into towns and then...
    • Photograph of four-room school house built in 1919

    • Photograph of four-room school house built in 1919
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photograph
    • B&W Photograph of four-room school built in 1919 to upgrade from the old church house where school was previously held. There were three teachers, one per room, and the fourth room was used for band or orchestra. By 1926, grades included to the...
    • Photograph of Freight Wagons

    • Photograph of Freight Wagons
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B&W Photograph of Freight Wagons. Freighting was the occupation of many men who needed to supplement their living as subsistence farmers. Freight was hauled from Holbrook, where the railroad went through, to the stores in the communities of...
    • Photograph of the Huning Bunkhouse

    • Photograph of the Huning Bunkhouse
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B&W Photograph of Henry Huning's bunkhouse, located on the west side of Show Low Creek, first sheltered the ranch hands of Cooley's Ranch. As the ranch passed from Cooley to Huning, and then from Huning to the Mormon pioneers, Willard and Emma...
    • Photograph of Lillie and George Woolford

    • Photograph of Lillie and George Woolford
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photograph
    • B&W Photograph of Lillie and George Woolford taken on October 30, 1909 in Pinetop on their honeymoon. Lillie Hall Woolford met George Woolford at a dance while she was working for the B.I.A. in Whiteriver. Two young Indian girls she worked with...
    • Photograph of the Stratton Trading Post

    • Photograph of the Stratton Trading Post
    • Unknown
    • Structures: Building: Store
    • B&W Photograph of Stratton Trading Post. James A. Stratton opened the Trading Post in about 1942 on what was (and still is) the main street in Show Low, just down from Bill's Bar. Service was mainly a restaurant and gas station, but for a while...
    • Photograph of The Old LDS Church

    • Photograph of The Old LDS Church
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photograph
    • B&W Photograph of the first ward building of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, Show Low Ward. Prior to 1915, the LDS meeting place was one of the original buildings of Cooley and Huning, a barn that belonged to Bishop James C....
    • Photograph of William J. Flake

    • Photograph of William J. Flake
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B&W Photograph of William J. Flake. After Henry Huning purchased Corydon Cooley's Ranch in 1888, he attempted to extend his empire by fencing North and East of the Show Low Valley. In 1901 the railroad contested his right to fence the open land...
    • Photograph of Goldwater Hospital Dedication

    • Photograph of Goldwater Hospital Dedication
    • Marks, Kenneth and Susan
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • B/W Photograph of Josephine Goldwater Hospital Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, April 22, 1961 at Show Low, AZ. Shown are Eric H. Marks, Lloyd Rhoton, Bruce Reidhead (Mayor of Show Low), Hon. Barry Goldwater (U.S. Senator), Hon. Paul Fannin...
    • Photograph of Show Low's Growth Pangs

    • Photograph of Show Low's Growth Pangs
    • Unknown
    • Communication Artifact: Documentary Artifact: Print, Photographic
    • Before US 60 cut through the heart of Show Low in order to connect Los Angeles, CA with Virginia Beach, VA some time in the mid-1930s, farmers routinely drove their cattle across town to the north pasture every morning and then back again at...
    • Wood Stove

    • Wood Stove
    • Guaranteed Ranges
    • T&E for Materials: Food Processing T&E: Stove, Wood
    • Black cast iron kitchen wood-burning cook stove with stovepipe, date of manufacture unknown. Don and Angela Borrego came from Colorado to the White Mountains during the 1950's. She wanted a wood stove for their summer kitchen outside of their...
    • Photograph of Corydon Cooley's Gravesite

    • Photograph of Corydon Cooley's Gravesite
    • Duvall, John D.
    • Communication Artifact: Ceremonial Artifact: Tombstone
    • Bronze plaque set in concrete tombstone on the gravesite of Corydon E. Cooley at Fort Apache Army Cemetery in Whiteriver, White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. The government grave marker is incorrect. The actual date of Cooley's death was...

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