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Show Low, Arizona

Posted by graywacke on December 26, 2015

First timer?  In this formerly once-a-day blog (and now pretty much a once-every-three-or-four days blog), I have my computer select a random latitude and longitude that puts me somewhere in the continental United States (the lower 48).  I call this “landing.”  I keep track of the watersheds I land in, as well as the town I land near.  I do some internet research to hopefully find something of interest about my landing location.  To find out more about A Landing A Day (like who “Dan” is) please see “About Landin above.

Landing number 2235; A Landing A Day blog post number 663.

Dan:  I landed in another new state (since I began my new random lat / long landing procedure) . . . AZ.  My Score was 1277, now it’s down to 1203.

Here’s my regional landing map:

landing 1

And a somewhat-more-expanded-than-usual local landing map:

landing 2

Here’s my local streams-only map:

landing 3a

As you can see, I landed in the watershed of the Little Bonito Ck; on (predictably) to the Big Bonito Ck; to the Black River (2nd hit); to the Salt R (12th hit).

Here’s a more expanded view:

landing 3b

The Salt discharges to the Gila (36th hit); and although map doesn’t show it, the Gila kinda sorta makes its way to the Colorado (175th hit).

I had to do a little research to see why my StreetAtlas map doesn’t even bother connecting the Gila to the Colorado.  From Wiki, about the Gila R.:

Indigenous peoples have lived along the river for at least 2,000 years, establishing complex agricultural societies before European exploration of the region began in the 16th century.

During the 20th century, human development of the Gila River watershed necessitated the construction of large diversion and flood control structures on the river and its tributaries, and consequently the Gila now contributes only a small fraction of its historic flow to the Colorado.   The historic natural discharge of the river is around 1900 cfs (cubic feet per second, or 850,000 gallons per minute), and is now only 247 cfs.

I don’t think the small flow is an excuse for dropping the river course from the map . . .

I used Google Earth (GE) Street View to find a bridge over the Gila just outside Yuma AZ, near where it discharges into the Colorado.  Here’s what the once-mighty Gila looks like today:

GE SV salt - yuma

Speaking of GE Street View, the closest view I could get of one of my streams is the Salt, about 45 miles downstream from my landing.  Here’s a map showing Street View coverage, and where a bridge crosses the Salt:

GE SV black river map

Here’s a closer view, showing the crazy path of US Route 60 near the river:

GE SV black river map (2)

And here’s what the orange dude sees:

GE SV black river


Wow.  What a beautiful shot!  This is one of the prettiest Street View shots I’ve come across . . .

I put the orange dude a ways up the hill.  Here’s what he sees:

GE SV black river (2)

I figured that this area would have a few GE Panoramio shots.  Wow.  I’ll say it does:

GE SV black river map (3)

And as always, I did the leg work for you guys, and looked at most (if not all) of the shots.  Here are the two best.  First this shot by DieselDucy, taken from the same place as my second Street View shot:

pano DieselDucy

Nothing like low-angle sunlight to greatly enhance the photo, eh?

And here’s one by Anne C. Schmitt, from a little higher up (another great shot):

pano ACSchmitt

Oops.  I’m deep into my post, and I haven’t yet presented my GE space flight to my landing!  Well, better late than never.  Click HERE to check it out (and then hit your back button).


Here’s an oblique GE shot, looking up my watershed valley:

GE 1 looking north


Mount Baldy is about 9 miles ENE of my landing.  Here’s a shot looking WSW past Mount Baldy towards my landing:

GE 2 mt baldy

Here’s a GE Pano shot by tijopics of the somewhat-less-than-dramatic summit:

pano tijopics mt baldy

And a little information about Mt. Baldy, obtained by a right click on GE:

Mount Baldy is the second highest point in the state after the six summits of the San Francisco Peaks near Flagstaff. With a summit 11,420 feet above sea level, the peak of Mount Baldy rises above the tree line and is left largely bare of vegetation, lending the mountain its current name.  Mount Baldy is one of the most sacred mountains to the Apache of Arizona.

Back to my landing, here’s as close as I can get (about 9 miles away) for Street View coverage:

GE SV landing map

And here’s what the orange dude sees:

GE SV landing

Evidently, the GoogleCam driver decided that he wasn’t going on a dirt road!

So anyway – I’ll finally get around to my local landing map, which I’ll let you see one more time:

landing 2

As you can see, there are numerous little towns, and it was a bit of a stretch for me to travel all the way out to Show Low to be my titular town.  Obviously, I checked out all of the closer-in towns, and could find no hook.

But Show Low?  There must be a hook in that name  . . .

FamilySearch.org had the best discussion of how the town got its name:

Two men laid claim to the land around what is now Show Low:  Martin Clark and Corydon Cooley.  They realized they could not be partners, so decided to peaceably settle their dispute with a winner-take-all card game.

They agreed to play a card game of “seven-up” to decide which one would move. When the last hand was dealt, Clark ran his cards and said “show low and you win.”. Cooley threw down his hand containing the deuce of clubs, and was declared the winner.

I checked out the rules for seven-up, and a point is scored for the person with lowest trump card in his hand (the trump suit is different for each hand played).  Evidently clubs were trump, and Cooley had the two.  It must have been a close game, and one point made all the difference . . .

But check this out.  Here’s a Google Map view of “downtown” Show Low:

GM - deuce of clubs

Yes, the main drag in town is Deuce of Clubs Avenue!  And, they have a statue commemorating the epic card game (GE Pano shot by cberry):

pano cberry

Time for some Pano shots near my landing.  Yes, there is skiing in Arizona!  This shot (by BLilley) is of Sunrise Ski Park (just north of Mt. Baldy):

pano blilley

Here’s a shot near the summit of Mt. Baldy by Cobweb1:

pano cobweb1 mt baldy

I’ll close with this lovely shot (by tijopics) of  Hawley Lake, about 10 miles north of my landing:

pano tijopics hawley lake 10 mi N

Doesn’t seem like Arizona, does it?

That’ll do it . . .




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