A Day in Ruins

I am a lover of old and dilapidated buildings.  I like to imagine what they must have looked like in their former life.  I also appreciate them in their current state.  Today that love took us 75 miles southeast of Phoenix to visit The Domes.  The Domes were built in 1982 as an electronics assembly plant.  A total of four buildings were built, three that resemble caterpillars and one that looks like a flying saucer.  The plant never opened and the site now sits abandoned and destroyed.

Over the years The Domes have been used for illegal dumping, target practice, graffiti practice and parties.  The area is littered with garbage, beer cans, spray paint cans, shotgun casings, an old mattress spring and even broken toys.  The ceilings are falling down and there are holes in the walls.  Despite this wreckage, or maybe because of it, I was fascinated by The Domes, by their underlying beauty and uniqueness.  The Domes were at one time someone’s dream, today they were the catalyst for our creativity.


Our intention was to travel to The Domes and come home.  This never happens.  We stumbled upon a rather strange cemetery.  At first glance it appeared an average cemetery, however, from the highway you could see there were two areas that were completely segregated from the main cemetery.  I needed to know why.  That need was not fulfilled.  Neither of the segregated areas had signs.  No explanation was given. No noticeable pattern could be established.  For now, it will remain a mystery to me.

Further down the road we came across an old abandoned house with no No Trespassing signs posted!  Rarely does that ever happen.  Jackpot!

We see abandoned houses all the time and never stop.   This house had no doors, which is what prompted us to turn around and investigate.  Most of the windows were busted out.  All of the appliances were gone.  The useable materials were getting stripped.  This house had obviously been in ruins for a long time.

From inside the house we could see an old grain storage building.  How could we pass that up?  No longer was it inhabited by grain, pigeons are now the main residents.



Our last stop of the day is at Casa Grande Ruins National Monument The Hohokam Indians, who lived in the area from about 300 B.C. to 1450 A.D. built Casa Grande.  Casa Grande is one of the largest prehistoric structures ever built in North America.  Several structures remain but the most impressive is the Great House.  The Hohokam did not leave behind a written language, so we can only guess the true use of the building.  

Abandoned by the Hohokam around 1450, Casa Grande is not without occupants. Three great horned owls now call the Great House home.


More photos from this trip are at Perfectly Damaged Photography


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