Snowflake, founded in 1878 by Mormon pioneers, perches on the northern flank of Arizona's White Mountains. Stretching along the ever-flowing Silver Creek, the Snowflake valley was populated by Ancestral Puebloan Indians for several thousand years. Their petroglyphs and kiva ruins are scattered among the scented juniper and sagebrush canyons and ridges.
The Town of Snowflake is the northernmost community in the White Mountains. At an elevation of 5,600 feet, the town looks across a sweeping plateau to distant mesas and mountain ranges.
Contrary to its name, the community enjoys a mild year-round climate - less than 10" of annual snowfall. Blue skies and clean air are perfect for golf, horseback riding or RV adventures!
In 1878, two hardy bands of Utah pioneers entered the Silver Creek Valley: James Pearce founded Taylor in January and William Jordan Flake purchased the Rancho de la Plata; site of present-day Snowflake-- from James Stinson in July. Two months later, Snowflake received its colorful name as a humorous suggestion from visiting Mormon Apostle Erastus Snow.
Much of the rich pioneer tradition lives on in Snowflake, and the community hosts a city walking tour featuring the 45 National Register Historic Homes of the original 1880s settlers.
Taylor was settled along the banks of Silver Creek by Mormon pioneers James Pearce and John Henry Standiferd, and retains a flavor of the Old West. Cattle ranching, hayfields, sweet corn and horse farms dominate the peaceful landscape. A modern Rodeo Pavilion stages year-round events for local and visiting horsemen and bull-riders. A modern shopping center is surrounded with green fields and semi-rural neighborhoods.
The recently completed Snowflake LDS Temple sits atop the hillside overlooking the Silver Creek communities -- only one of two Mormon Temples in Arizona. The Temple services the 35,000 members of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints (LDS) residing in northeastern Arizona.
Home to Arizona's only pulp and paper mill, the communities' dominant industries also include pulp mill support industries, ranching, and agricultural products. Snowflake's Industrial Park has recently been expanded to include a new 100-acre hydroponics plant, one of the largest in the Southwest.
Many are attracted to these remarkable sister-towns: strong family values, a tightly-knit community, rich cultural history, mild climate, exceptional housing and recreational opportunities offer a recaptured American Dream. It is no wonder why Snowflake and Taylor are among the fastest growing communities in northeastern Arizona.
Within a pleasant 3-hour drive from Phoenix, or 2 hour drive from Flagstaff, you'll find the charm, friendliness, heritage and affordable rural lifestyle of your dreams.
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