THE CASA GRANDE NEON SIGN PARK received a grant from the American Express Partners in Preservation program, a partnership of the National Trust for Historic Preservation and The American Express Foundation. Casa Grande Main Street took second place among 25 cities nationwide and was awarded $144,000 in January 2018. Funding provided for restoration of 14 vintage and neon signs, installation and landscaping in the Arizona Plaza site in Historic Downtown, owned by the Kramer Family of Casa Grande Valley Newspapers.

CASA GRANDE MAIN STREET AND THE CITY OF CASA GRANDE HISTORIC PRESERVATION COMMISSION CELEBRATES THE COMMEMORATION OF THE CASA GRANDE NEON SIGN PARK, APRIL 13TH, 2019 WITH THE FOLLOWING DEDICATIONS:

  • To the business owners who donated their historic signs including Brad and Cheryl Coxon (Coxon’s Sign), The Ballard Family (Ralph’s Café), Jeff Trendler (Downtown Casa Grande Dairy Queen Cones), and Sandra Reyes (Dairy Queen Lips, Holbrook Route 66)
  • To Audrey Rodriguez and AGE Landscape, for designing an inspired park concept and seeing it through fruition.
  • To Marge Jantz, our Downtown Champion, for having the foresight to save these iconic treasures from the wrecking ball, and the vision to see them restored to their former glory.
  • To the Kramer Family, for their continued commitment to preserving the legacy of Casa Grande’s pioneering history and serving as stewards for the Casa Grande Neon Sign Park.
  • To the Museum of Casa Grande, for their partnership and entrusting us with the Arizona Edison, Sacaton Hotel, Photo Shop and Valley National Bank signs for display in the park.
  • To Richard Rosales and Arizona Public Service, for providing the juice to light the lights.
  • To Jude Cook of Cook’s Sign Company and Larry Graham of Graham’s Neon for their artistry and painstaking care in authentic restoration of these unique artifacts
  • To Mike Mills of Ellison Mills Contracting, who donated a solid foundation for each and every sign and a path to discover them from The Museum of Casa Grande.
  • To our Park Founders, who provided the icing on the cake, represented by the tailgate benches, personalized plates on the Founders Wall, pavers lining our Founders Walk and tales told through our Story Plaques.
  • And finally, to everyone who voted for the Partners in Preservation Grant, five times a day, everyday, for six weeks. When we light up the downtown every night, know that you helped build this.