Editor, Casa Grande Dispatch:

May is upon us now and as you may or may not know, May is Historic Preservation Month. In 2005 the National Trust declared May Preservation Month in order to encourage individuals to celebrate the diverse and unique heritage of our country’s cities and states. We celebrate with #ThisPlaceMatters.

We are so fortunate in Casa Grande because we have been working very hard to establish many of our historic items in the Historic Downtown. Our most recent jewel is our newly opened Casa Grande Neon Sign Park. This project was a partnership with our Historic Preservation Commission and Casa Grande Main Street. These signs represent Casa Grande’s history, most of them from the 1950s. The majority of these signs were located either on Highway 84 (Old Tucson Highway) or just off Highway 84. All of these signs with the exception of the Dairy Queen “lips” sign (which came from Holbrook), are from Casa Grande.

When I think about our history, I realize we would not have a “present” or “future” without our history, which is why this is such an important part of our lives and our community. As we observe how the pace of change keeps accelerating in our world, this brings an awareness of our need to be able to connect with our roots for our sense of identity while realizing our progression into our future.

Please embrace our city’s historic value, take a walk through the Neon Sign Park in the early evening when all of the signs are on and realize that we have a unique opportunity to see these wonderful signs as they are restored. Some folks may even remember when these signs were originally located at their particular businesses.

Susan Rooney

Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission

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