Mesa has long been associated with Cactus League baseball as the spring training home of the Chicago Cubs. That link includes the now closed Buckhorn Baths where ballplayers, starting in the 1940s, soaked away aches and pains. bit.ly/2vjaZNy
Now, a beautiful stadium, Sloan Park, that opened in 2014, hosts the Cubs while the Oakland A's play at refurbished Hohokam Park.
Buckhorn Baths, built between 1935-47 by Ted and Alice Sliger, are at Main Street and Recker Road. bit.ly/2vjeqUE
Nearby is the Vaqueros drive-in, one of many barrel-shaped A&W Root Beer stands built across America in the 1950s and 60s.
The Mesa Preservation Foundation spent more than $120,000 restoring the Starlite Motel's Diving Lady sign on East Main Street at Lindsay . Sign maker Paul Millet created the sign in 1960, two years after the Starlite opened, and it stood for 50 years before a storm blew it over. Larry Graham, an apprentice of Millet, refurbished the 70-foot neon sign in 2013.
Other neon signs and architectural relics of midcentury Arizona are spread along East Main Street, which is undergoing a major construction project to extend light rail from Mesa Drive to Gilbert Road. It is scheduled for completion by the end of 2019.