Taylor is in Eastern Arizona . It is in Navajo County. Taylor is on the banks of Silver Creek. It sits in a broad, flat valley with the Mogollon Rim and White Mountains to the south and west. The town is located on State Highway 77. It is south of Holbrook and just a few miles south of Snowflake. Taylor is 189 miles from Phoenix and 208 miles from Tucson.
Taylor is called the “Hub” of the White Mountains because it is centrally located from some of the greatest outdoor activities in the state. Today Taylor’s population is 2,710. The town sits at an elevation of 5,640 feet. The climate is cool all year with a winter low Temperature of 16 degrees and a summer high Temperature of 89 degrees. Taylor has a unique climate compared to other mountain towns. The mountains form a barrier, which protect Taylor from very severe winters and creates a semi-arid climate. Taylor may be small, but there is more here than what meets the eye.
One terrific attraction that you won’t want to skip is the Shumway Schoolhouse. The Shumway Schoolhouse is one of just a few one-room brick schoolhouses in Arizona . Visitors will see the school’s original bell and antique furniture. The school was built in 1900 and is a reminder of what education was like long ago. The schoolhouse is just a few miles south of Taylor.
There are several outdoor activities that are lots of fun. The Pintail Lake Wild Game Observation Area is just a couple miles south of town on State Highway 77. The game and waterfowl preservation area is located at Pintail Lake. Visitors will find several observation platforms available for bird watching. Many migratory birds make this their stop. White Mountain Lake has channel catfish just waiting to grab your hook. This lake is the perfect picnic place and the fish are caught and paid for by the pound. White Mountain Lake is south of town on State Highway 77.
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A group of Mormons came to the area to settle in 1878. They built a dam along the Little Colorado River. Unfortunately, the dam was washed out. After reconstructing the dam five timees, the group gave up and moved to Silver Creek. They built the new farming community in 1881. The first name that was suggested for the community was Walker. However, a town in the Prescott area had already taken the name. The story goes on to say, that James Pearce one of the first settlers chose the name.
Pearce named it after John Taylor, who was English born. In John Taylor’s early years, he had been a Mormon leader. Taylor suffered a gunshot wound during the time Joseph Smith was murdered in 1844. Taylor translated the Book of Mormon into French and edited “The Mormon”, a church magazine. Later, he became president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
Taylor was incorporated in 1966. Today, Taylor is proud of its businesses. Arizona ‘s only pulp and paper mill is located in the nearby town of Snowflake. Still, ranching is a big industry. Recently 32,000 head of cattle grazed in Navajo County, with most in the Taylor area.
Taylor also draws many visitors. The town’s terrific location between the barren deserts to the north and to the mountain ranges in the south make it a great place to take in all the outdoor activities.