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james stinson, a cattleman engaged in supplying cattle to a military post, established his rancho rio de la plata on the silver creek. he first saw the silver creek valley in about 1870 to 1873.

in the summer of 1878, a group of mormon pioneers, including erastus snow and william j. flake, arrived.  they settled on the stinson ranch and named the townsite snowflake.

that same year, settlers also founded taylor, named in honor of john taylor, a president of the church of jesus christ of latter-day saints. many descendants of these pioneers are still in the area.

many of the homes of the first generation of settlers still remain in a habitable condition with their original decorations and are listed with the arizona state historic preservation office. six, of the over one hundred homes, are listed on the national register of historic buildings. visitors to snowflake-taylor will enjoy a walking or driving tour of these many historic buildings. there are numerous fine examples of victorian, georgian, greek revival, gothic, colonial, and neoclassical architecture. three of the homes are historical museums which can be toured on week days or by appointment.

taylor was incorporated in 1966.

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