Centennial Celebration

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Date: August 12, 2016
Contact: Dave Carney, 520-723-3172

Celebrate the Birthday of the National Park Service

Coolidge, AZ –The National Park Service is turning 100 years old on August 25 and Casa Grande Ruins National Monument wants to invite you to celebrate –free admission! The usual entrance fee of $5 will be waived for all visitors on August 25 through August 28. Come to the park and join the staff at noon on August 25, to celebrate the National Park Service's 100th birthday. 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument invites you to join the park staff and partners to celebrate the National Park Service Birthday at noon on August 25, 2016. Cake will be served and the celebration will take place at the visitor center during the lunch hour. The Hon. Stephen Roe Lewis, Governor of the Gila River Indian Community and Coolidge City Council member Steve Hudson have been invited to present remarks at 12:00 Noon. 

"Birthdays are a time to celebrate and we want everyone to join the party," said Casa Grande Ruins National Monument Superintendent Karl Pierce. "August 25, 2016 is a truly special birthday for the National Park Service, our 100th. At Casa Grande Ruins National Monument, we are honored to share in celebrating this Centennial, and as one of the oldest units of the National Park System, I invite you to visit and Find Your Park. I hope everyone will partake of the free admission and join us in this celebration. Come and learn about the wonderful history and pre-history preserved here, as well as the living descendants of the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People who built the Great House and other ruins preserved here."

On Aug. 25, 1916, President Woodrow Wilson signed legislation to create the National Park Service. Today, there are 412 national parks throughout the country and each one tells an important part of the American story. Some commemorate notable people and achievements, others conserve magnificent landscapes and natural wonders, and all provide a place to have fun and learn. And, on August 25-28, all national parks will offer free entrance for everyone. 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument was established in 1892 as America's first pre-historic reserve, and was placed under the National Park Service's protection in 1918 as Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. Last year, more than 72,606 park visitors enjoyed the site, add $5,902,100 to the local economy and supporting 64 area jobs. 

The mission of the National Park Service also extends beyond park boundaries. Community partnerships help preserve local history and create close-to-home recreational opportunities. To see what is happening in Arizona, go to www.nps.gov/AZ For more information regarding the National Park Service Centennial, visit www.nps.gov/centennial. For directions and/or information about Casa Grande Ruins National Monument and/or its National Park Service Centennial celebration, visit the Monument's website, www.nps.gov/cagr;call (520) 723-3172, or search for us on Facebook. 

Casa Grande Ruins National Monument protects the multi-story Great House (Casa Grande) and the remnants of other ancient structures built by the Ancestral Sonoran Desert People over 800 years ago. Established as the nation's first archeological reserve in 1892, the Ruins sparked the National Park Service 

Last updated: August 12, 2016

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1100 W. Ruins Drive
Coolidge, AZ 85128


(520) 723-3172
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