On Tuesday, January 30, 2024, the iconic Big State sign located at the corner of Irving Blvd. and Main Street in downtown Irving was removed.
Throughout its storied history, the Big State sign in downtown Irving bore witness to the changing tides of commerce and community. Originating as a haberdashery, or men's outfitter, in the early 1900s, Big State underwent a transformative journey.
In 1948, Gus Crassons Jr. took the reins, reshaping Big State into a thriving drug store. The pivotal year of 1951 saw the arrival of Clay Burney as the head pharmacist and store manager. Eventually, Clay and his wife Jean became integral parts of the business, transitioning to become part owners of Big State Drug.
In 1992, the Burneys passed the torch to Brian and Stacy Smith, who continued the legacy for more than two decades. However, in 2014, the Smiths made the difficult decision to close Big State in May. The business found new owners in Rick and Susan Fairless in June of the same year, purchasing it from building owners Dan and Elaine Niemeier.
Unfortunately, after 75 years of serving the Irving community, Big State Drug closed its doors for the final time on November 27, 2022.
Still, the sign remained after the closing, a silent sentinel of the past. But now, too, it is gone, marking the end of an era and a somber day for many Irving residents.
The Irving Archives and Museum, in collaboration with the Friends of the Irving Museums, have joined forces to ensure the preservation of this revered piece of Irving's history.