Show Low is a city in Navajo County, Arizona, United States. It lies on the Mogollon Rim in east central Arizona, at an elevation of 6,345 feet (1,934 m). The city was established in 1870 and incorporated in 1953. According to the 2010 census, the population of the city was 10,660.
According to a legend, the city's unusual name resulted from a marathon poker game between Corydon E. Cooley and Marion Clark.
The two men were equal partners in a 100,000-acre (400 km2) ranch; however, the partners determined that there was not enough room for both of them in their settlement, and agreed to settle the issue over a game of "Seven Up" (with the winner taking the ranch and the loser leaving).
After the game seemed to have no winner in sight, Clark said, "If you can show low, you win." In response, Cooley turned up the deuce of clubs (the lowest possible card) and replied, "Show low it is."
As a tribute to the legend, Show Low's main street is named "Deuce of Clubs" in remembrance.
In 2002, a large forest fire, the Rodeo–Chediski Fire, threatened the city and forced an evacuation. The fire was extinguished less than a half mile from the city's border, and Show Low was completely spared. The city is near extensive forests, and is a popular recreational area.
Show Low is located at 34°14′37″N 110°2′53″W (34.243595, -110.048173).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 27.9 square miles (72 km2), of which, 27.9 square miles (72 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.25%) is water.
It is located roughly 270 miles from both Why, Arizona and Nothing, Arizona.
Winters in Show Low bring highs between 45 °F (7 °C) and 55 °F (13 °C), with lows usually below freezing between November and March, averaging in the 20s December through February, and in the low 30s for November and March.