NORTHERN ARIZONA COMMUNITIES
THE WHITE MOUNTAINS:
Lakeside/Pinetop, Greer, Show Low
Show Low , Arizona, the commercial and tourism capital of the White Mountains, was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953. Located in southern Navajo Country at an elevation of 6,331 feet, the city is 174 miles northeast of Phoenix, and 193 miles north of Tucson.
Show Low received its name when C.E. Cooley and Marion Clark 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 story, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." Cooley turned up the Deuce of Clubs and replied, "Show Low it is." Show Low's rich heritage has created a thriving town that has prospered due to its many resources and attractions. The town was pioneered by Native Americans and Mormons who settled the land. Today, people from all over the country are discovering the secret that residents have always known: Show Low is a great place to live, to own a business, to work and to enjoy our wonderful recreational opportunities.
Pinetop was founded in the early 1880s and derived its name from the nickname of a saloon keeper who served the Fort Apache soldiers. Lakeside was named because of the number of lakes in the area. The two communities incorporated as one town in 1984. Pinetop-Lakeside is known for its extensive tourism and recreational activities, proximity to the world's largest stand of Ponderosa Pine, and for the great quality of life. The area offers access for major metropolitan areas and a great rural business atmosphere. The economy is focused on trade and services. Pinetop-Lakeside is surrounded by the White Mountains, the Apache-Sitreaves National Forest, and the White Mountain Apache Indian Reservation. Hunting and fishing are popular along with hiking, biking, and horseback riding.
Greer is a summer and winter outdoor recreational center in the White Mountains. Greer is fast becoming a year-round destination point as people discover the beauty of Arizona's high country and enjoy the four seasons. The Willard Lee family arrived in Greer in 1879 and named it Lee Valley. In 1898 the name was changed to Greer in honor of a leading citizen, Americus Vespucius Greer. Greer is surrounded by pine forests with numerous mountain streams and lakes. The economy is heavily oriented tourism and recreation.