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Discover This Eerie, Abandoned Area Known as the Casa Grande Domes

Cheyenne Reed

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The Casa Grande Domes have stimulated the imaginations of many. The domes are near Casa Grande, AZ. Why were they built? And who built them?

Just Where Are the Casa Grande Domes?

The Casa Grande Domes are a local legendary location just outside of Casa Grande, Arizona off of South Thornton Road. Casa Grande is approximately halfway between Phoenix and Tucson. The city’s population is a relatively large 50,000 people.

Flickr User David Farebrother
Flickr User David Farebrother

Why Were the Casa Grande Domes Built?

No one truly knows why the Casa Grande Domes were built. 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-worldly vibe. Since not many people know the true story behind the origin of the domes, they’ve developed quite a reputation.

Flickr User monsta's ink
Flickr User monsta’s ink

Who Built the Casa Grande Domes?

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 as well as 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.

Flickr User Sandra Jungling
Flickr User Sandra Jungling

What Happens at the Domes?

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 are they simply the product of exaggerated imaginations? We’ll leave you to make your own decision.

Flickr User Chris Deahr
Flickr User Chris Deahr

Okay, Who Really Built the Dome Buildings and Why?

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 as it only took six weeks to pour concrete over a steel framework as well as inflated balloons. Unfortunately, though, the company went bankrupt and that was the end of that. The buildings were sold in 2006. However, it remains vacant.

Flickr User monsta's ink
Flickr User monsta’s ink

Can You Visit the Domes?

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. Also plenty of junk and debris. The abandoned tunnels to the east of the site have clearly seen their fair share of visitors as well.

Flickr User Noel Kerns
Flickr User Noel Kerns

Many people insist that all sorts of evil things have happened in these domes – even things like murders and devil worship. However, 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.

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