In 1933, the Arizona Republic included an article about the Arizona town of Showlow. The town name of originates from the results of a card game between two gambling prospectors. Marion Clark told Corydon E. Cooley that if he could "show low" he would win. Cooley showed a deuce and won, thus naming the town Show Low. It was eventually listed as Showlow. Cooley and Clark had settled the area in 1875 and “decided later there was room but for one location, so they agreed to play a game of ‘seven-up’ to decide which of them should move.” Cooley indeed had the lower card and the area became Show Low. The story was first re-told in 1880, therefore the event took place sometime between 1875 and 1880.
Article: "Old Card Game Has Civic Echo." Arizona Republic (Phoenix), February 2, 1933.
Additional Citation: Will C. Barnes, Arizona Place Names (Tucson, AZ: University of Arizona Press, 1988).402.CountyNavajo CountyStateArizona CountryUnited StatesGeographic Coordinates
Arizona Historic Roads : State Route 260, Payson to Show Low Highway and Show Low to McNary to Eager Highway