James D. (Jim) McCarty came to the White Mountains in 1952 with Isbell Construction to build Show Low Lake Dam. He was twenty-one years old. As happens to many people who visit the White Mountains of Arizona, Jim fell in love with the area (and a local resident, Doris Kay) and was determined to make it his home. In 1954, after a one-year absence, he returned and purchased his first piece of property at 3801 S. White Mountain Road, Show Low (now Tractor Supply Company). Thus began his entrepreneurial journey.