History, Heritage & Tradition

A visit to Casa Grande offers diverse opportunities to immerse yourself in a place steeped in history and agricultural heritage.

 
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Neon sign park

Preliminary design concept for Casa Grande’s Neon Sign Park courtesy of AGE Landscape of Casa Grande.  Design is underway with the goal to start construction and complete the park by the end of 2018.  Casa Grande Main Street received a privately funded grant in the amount of $144,000 through Partners in Preservation and American Express after a successful national online voting campaign where our project garnered 2nd Place among 25 cities.  The Neon Sign Park is celebrated as both a historic preservation win and catalyst for downtown revitalization.  The location of the park serves as a unique pedestrian connection between our commercial district on Historic Florence Street and our arts and culture hub that includes the BlackBox Community Theatre, Casa Grande Art Museum and The Museum of Casa Grande. Interest is already building for Phase 2, which will expand our neon theme beyond the park along the Florence Boulevard Corridor and identify prospects for underutilized buildings that will benefit from the park’s proximity.

 
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casa grande ruins national monument

One of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America, its purpose remains a mystery. Explore the complexity of an extended network of communities and irrigation canals created by the ancient Sonoran Desert People. The story of Casa Grande Ruins goes back farther than written history and stretches through decades of change.

 
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caywood farms

Caywood Farms is visitor-friendly example of one of the major cotton farms dotting the landscape in rural Pinal County. Seasonal farm tours are offered by these 4th generation cotton farmers and include demonstrations, hayrides through the property, and a chance to pick your own cotton to keep.

 
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rooster cogburn ostrich ranch

Made famous by its television features including Larry the Cable Guy - Only in America and Extreme Roadside Attractions, this is 3rd generation, family owned-and-operated working ostrich ranch is a must-see when visiting Casa Grande. Aside from the weekend Monster Truck Tours, visitors can come feed the various animals that inhabit the ranch. 

 
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shamrock farms

More than 10,000 cows are standing by at the “Milk Mothership,” ready to make the tour a real hands-on experience for kids of all ages. With interactive displays, games, and a tram ride, Shamrock Farms offers the perfect mix of family-focused and educational activities for the whole herd.  Special events are offered during major holidays. 

 
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cowboy days at o'odham tosh

Every February, Casa Grande transforms into a colorful festival full of Native American arts/crafts, rodeos, and much more! The festival kicks off with a parade in Downtown Casa Grande followed by two weeks of hard-riding competitions featuring the O'odham Tash Rodeo with members of the Ak-Chin, Gila River, Salt River Pima, and Tohono O'odham Nations.