Taylor, on the banks of Silver Creek, is in a broad, flat valley

in east-central Arizona. With the Mogollon Rim and White

Mountains to the south and west, the town lies at an elevation of

5,640 feet. The mountains form an almost continuous barrier protecting

Taylor from severe winters and creating a semi-arid climate.

Taylor was settled by James Pearce and named after John Taylor,

English-born president of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day

Saints. The town was established in 1881 and incorporated in 1966.

Taylor has seven sites listed on the National Register.

 

Stone Container, Arizona's only pulp and paper mill, is Snowflake

and Taylor's largest industry. Located on a 640-acre site 15 miles

west of Taylor, it is one of the most modern and efficient facilities

of its type in America. Its daily production of newsprint and Kraft

linerboard supplies the fast-growing Southwest region. The plant's

permanent employees are supplemented by another large group

who work as woodcutters, truckers and in other plant-affiliated

jobs. The present annual payroll and substantial contribution to

local taxes has contributed immensely to the economy and growth

of the Snowflake/Taylor area.

 

Precision Pine and Timber maintains a sawmill in the Heber area

that converts the logs into rough boards. Precision Pine and Timber

Planer Mill surfaces the rough lumber that is wholesaled to retailers

and dealers needing finished lumber and rough lumber for railroad

ties, and all kinds of timber, posts. There are three molding

companies that are large employers in the Snowflake/Taylor vicinity,

manufacturing interior and exterior pine moldings.

 

Livestock production in the Snowflake/Taylor area is significant.

Recently, 32,000 head of cattle have grazed annually in the county,

many of them in the Snowflake/Taylor area. Hog production has

also greatly increased in importance, reaching 250,000 head in

1994.

 

Taylor lies in an area of great contrasts–barren desert to the north

and mountain ranges to the south. The Petrified Forest National

Park is one of the nation's most unique parks. Within the Petrified

Forest is the Painted Desert and Navajo Indian Reservation with such

attractions as Monument Valley and Oraibi, the oldest continually

occupied village in the U.S. To the south and west of Taylor are

high mountains and forests, including the White Mountains,

Sitgreaves National Forest, and the Mogollon Rim. Many small

lakes, perfect for trout fishing and swimming, are scattered

throughout these mountains. The Sunrise Park Ski Resort is located

65 miles south of Taylor on the Fort Apache Indian Reservation.