Arizona is home to the jaw-dropping Grand Canyon, crazy desert wildlife, and very hot summers.
The town of Casa Grande, Arizona isn’t exactly high on the list of must-visit tourist locations. Halfway between Phoenix and Tucson, with about 50,000 people, it makes the map but not much else. But there’s one intriguing attraction in Casa Grande that you probably haven’t seen advertised in tourist magazines. It’s the Casa Grande domes, and you’ll find them near South Thorton Road.
One look at the domes and it’s easy to understand how this location has become shrouded in myth and mystery. These run down, oddly shaped structures certainly give off an other-worldy vibe. Since not many people know the true story behind the origin of the domes, they’ve developed quite a reputation.
Depending on who you ask, the domes were clearly built by aliens, are haunted by ghosts, or are the site of occult satanic worship. Nearly everyone has their own adamant opinion or personal experience story that they insist is the ultimate truth about these potentially spooky buildings. Plenty of visitors report feelings of uneasiness, shadowy figures, or unexplained sounds.
With many people egging on the dome’s scary reputation, though, it’s easy to set yourself up to have a scary experience before even arriving at the location. Are these accounts founded or simply the product of exaggerated imaginations? We’ll leave you to make your own decision.
In reality, the story of the domes origin isn’t scary at all. In July of 1982 Patricia Zebb decided to relocate her electronic manufacturing company. Innerconn Technology was moved from California to Casa Grande! She chose the dome like design not only to cut costs — each dome cost about $150,000 to build — but also to combat temperature changes. The buildings actually went up very quickly; it only took six weeks to pour concrete over a steel framework and inflated balloons. Unfortunately, though, the company went bankrupt and that was the end of that. The buildings were sold in 2006, but everything remains vacant.
Unfortunately, this isn’t an attraction that you can legally visit. Clearly, though, visitors do come here, especially graffiti artists. Beautiful artwork lines the walls of these haunting structures. That, and often times plenty of junk and debris. The abandoned tunnels to the east of the site have clearly seen their fair share of visitors as well.
Many people insist that all sorts of evil things have happened in these domes — even things like murders and devil worship. But, we bet that you’re more likely to run into some teenagers partying or perhaps a homeless individual seeking shelter. We can’t condone ignoring those no trespassing signs, so here’s a video that shows you the Casa Grande domes in all of their glory — no law breaking required.