A Brief History of Casa Grande, AZ

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This article is presented by the workplace abuse lawyers in Casa Grande. We encourage residents and visitors to learn more about the history of the city and everything it has to offer.

The City of Casa Grande

Casa Grande – the Spanish term meaning a large house – is a city in the county of Pinal, Arizona. Situated halfway between the cities of Phoenix and Tucson, it was founded by The Carter Family in 1879 during the Arizona mining boom. Despite only having five residents and three buildings, the community of Terminus was established in January 1880. In September of the same year, the settlement was renamed Casa Grande for the Hohokam ruins in the nearby Casa Grande Ruins National Monument.

In 1915, the town was incorporated after many years of setbacks and difficulties. During World War II, the Gila River War Relocation Center – a Japanese-American relocation camp – was set up just outside of Casa Grande. The Father of Japanese American Baseball, Kenichi Zenimura, and actor Pat Morita were interned there. During the Cold War, the city was home to the Corona Satellite Calibration Targets. These targets were used to calibrate the satellites of the Corona spy program.

Today, Casa Grande has a total area of 48.2 square miles, according to the United States Census Bureau. As of 2020, it has a population of 55,653 people. The Peart Center, Peart Road and Peart Park are named after Thompson Rodney Peart, one of the founding fathers of the city.

Parks and Recreation

The City of Casa Grande offers many forms of recreation for residents and visitors to the area. It is home to a variety of facilities, sports fields, open spaces, and 17 miles of trails. Facilities that are operated and maintained by the city are:

  • Dorothy Powell Senior Center
  • Elzy Pearson Shooting Range
  • Grande Sports World
  • Len Colla Recreation Center
  • Palm Island Family Aquatic Park
  • Paul Mason Sports Complex

There are also 19 parks located within Casa Grande. These are "A Leash on Life" Dog Park, Albert Cruz Park, Burruss Park, Carr McNatt Park, Casa Grande Mountain Park, College Park, Colony Park, Dave White Regional Park, Eastland Park, Ed Hooper Rodeo Park, Elliot Park, Gilbert Park, Ivy Park, Mosley Park, Mountain View Park, North Mountain Park. Nutt Park, O'Neil Park, Peart Park, Rancho Grande Park, and Villago Park.

Casa Grande Neon Sign Park

Casa Grande Neon Sign Park is an outdoor museum on North Sacaton Street. It is a joint project between the City of Casa Grande Historic Preservation Commission and the Casa Grande Main Street. The museum is home to 14 vintage and neon signs, landscaping and installation that have been salvaged and restored from historic sites and establishments in and around the city. It has received a grant from the American Express Partners in Preservation program. In 2020, the Casa Grande Neon Sign Park was the winner of the James W. Garrison Heritage Award. The park is open daily, and signs are lit up from 7 to 11 p.m. Visitors can leave their legacy by purchasing a plate.

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