The Domes – Casa Grande, Arizona

The mystery of location-abandonment creates an eerie beauty. Ghost towns, cave dwellings, and industrial age warehouses tell stories of time-gone-by, standing lonesome and grasping for hope.

Our travels through Mesa Grande, Arizona led us to a unique breed of desolation. The Domes, as locals call them, are the ruins on a 1980s tech company, InnerCon Technology Inc. These UFO-like structures were intended to house the production of circuit boards. The geothermal cement shell was created to control temperature (and, to look awesomely 80s). The company went under before construction was complete and the empty shells are all that remain.

Before we visited The Domes I scoured the internet for a back-story. The result was a scattering of tales ranging from Satanic rituals, underage drinking, supernatural experiences, and vandalism. Loaded with these fantastic ideas, we hopped in the truck and drove five miles to check it out for ourselves.

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We tried to approached it open-minded, but everything about this place is odd (in an American Horror Story kind of way). The Domes are guarded by a deteriorating barbed-wire fence, mischievously inviting visitors into the unknown.

The interior has a surprisingly loud and reverberating echo. A scuff of the shoe is amplified and projected off the walls 200 feet away. I never got used to the echo and was jumpy throughout our visit.

Olivia stated it most gracefully:

“All the dark sentiments about the place got into our heads and had us on edge. The echo of our footsteps even took an ominous tone. I tried to focus on the interesting and sometime profound graffiti strewn across the structures crumbling walls.”

The graffiti gave The Domes an urban art gallery feel. Here are some of our favorite excepts:

“It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society”

“U reep wut u sew”

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Overall, we’re glad to have experienced The Domes, and we were equally glad to leave. For those seeking the strange, this place is for you! 

WARNING: Obey signage – do not trespass 

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