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Tucson's Historic Neon Signs

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Hidden : 11/16/2014
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Walking tour of Tucson's historic neon signs downtown! There are 8 stages, plus final, but 4 are close together and all are within 1/2 mile of one another. It will take about an hour to complete, or less, depending on your pace. The final coordinates are given at Stage 8. Bring a pencil, as final is log only.

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Note of Feb 2019: I was honored that a fellow cacher held an event that centered around this Wherigo. See GC82C53. This is quite a compliment to the cache! I hope all had fun.

Are you a neon sign enthusiast? Please visit my neon sign blog!Click HERE.

This is our first Wherigo! We hope you enjoy it!

Please mention your favorite sign in your log.

Tips about Wherigos:

1) As with all Wherigos, make sure you have uploaded the most recent version of the cartridge before you go. Often COs make changes to the cartridge and if you have the older version you will have glitches when you go to use it. So just upload it again the day you plan to run it. 2) If you are at a zone and there is a glitch of some kind, step 30 feet away and try to enter the zone again. 3) Save frequently during cartridge use. 4) To learn more about Wherigos:

To play the cartridge, you will need a Wherigo-enabled device. (For Andriod the app is called "WhereYouGo") info here

Note that stages 1, 5, 6 and 7 neon signs will be lit at night.

It's logs like this that make the work of creating Wherigos worthwhile: "I am on Easter/Spring break this week and in Tucson visiting family. Today I wanted to find three WIG's that looked interesting but also brought back memories of when I first lived in Tucson in 1956. This WIG did the trick. I remembered these signs from a long time ago. It brought back great memories of living in Tucson when I was very young. It also brought back memories of me and my friends pool hopping the many motels on Miracle Mile. The best motel was the Ramada Inn, they would let us stay for about 4 hours each time we visited before they would ask us politely to leave. TFTC SL Tom"

In April 2012, restored vintage neon signs were installed and unveiled along Tucson's historic Miracle Mile. These signs can be seen on Drachman between Stone Avenue and Oracle Road. This was once Tucson's main automotive corridor to north. For many, this drive defined their Tucson experience; for others, it shaped their first impression of the Old Pueblo. Swimming pools, flickering neon and lush grassy courtyards welcomed visitors to motels with names like La Siesta, Frontier, and El Rancho. Restaurants served steak and music for under $2.00.

While not all of the businesses advertised still exist today, the signs serve as vibrant reminders of Miracle Mile's glittering past and Tucson's heritage as a popular stop for tourists within the Southwest. These classic neon signs evoke an era of fast cars and a slower pace of life.

Restoration of these treasures represented a collaborative effort between the Tucson Historic Preservation Foundation (THPF) and Pima Community College. Many of the restored signs were rescued by individuals as the buildings were being demolished, and then generously donated to the THPF. (THPF, 2012).The conditions of the signs vary, from newly restored and functioning to poor, painted over signs with the glowing neon forever stilled.

If you know of a historic Tucson sign that is in storage or in a backyard please contact the foundation at

CO would like to thank Ranger Fox and his Wherigo\\kit and RS Arizona for leading me to him, and for his help with creating this cartridge. Sources for materials in this Wherigo:,, and

 FTF : RS Arizona!


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Decryption Key


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