Today, these iconic buildings and glowing signs have emerged from history to provide a persistent reminder of the continuing American fascination with the Automobile, and to enhance our society's understating of the mythic 20th century West. Classic neon still signs evoke an era of fast cars and a slower pace of life. These wonderful examples of mid-20th century commercial art are an evocative night experience.
In March 2012 working in partnership with Pima Community College, THPF restored and reinstalled a series of historic neon signs along Drachman (between Stone Avenue and Oracle Road) along the alignment of Tucson's Mid-Century Modern highway: Historic Route 80 & 89 and State Route 84.
If you know of a Historic Tucson Sign that is in storage or in a backyard please contact the foundation at firstname.lastname@example.org
The Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation, with support from the Arizona Humanities Council, produced the Award Winning booklet: The Neon Pueblo: A Guide to Tucson's Midcentury Vintage Advertising. Printed and produced in Tucson, Arizona.