Wednesday, September 22, 2010

The Secrets of the Domes

One of the places Sharon wanted to take me on our Gila Bend/Casa Grande trip was the mysterious Domes. These strange dome shape structures sit in the middle of the desert of Casa Grande only a few miles from the interstate. As you drive up on them, you notice that one object is shaped like a flying saucer and the other three structures resemble caterpillars. How did they get there and what was the purpose of the building shapes?



In July of 1982, Patricia Zebb, who owned InnerConn Technology Inc., was speaking to a group of around 75 people about her new computer manufacturing company. Her plan was to move the company headquarters from California to the newly constructed site in Casa Grande she called, “The Domes”. The new offices were dome shaped with a Thermoshell construction with the main office resembling a definitive flying saucer. Zebb was very excited about the new plant and couldn’t wait for that first circuit board to roll off the assembly line. Sadly, that was never to happen.


When the domes were first built in the early 80’s on the 135 acre site, there were high hopes of manufacturing not only circuit boards but all kinds of equipment such as quartz watches to huge computers. Using the dome shape was decided because of cost and insulation efficiency. It would be expedite as far as construction and only took six weeks to build. The domes were constructed by pouring three inches of polyurethane, and then three inches of concrete against a balloon inside, which was held up by a steel skeleton. I have to tell you that it was over 100 degrees at the time we were there and inside the domes it felt much cooler.

A year after the dedication of the new company in 1983, InnerConn Technologies defaulted on a loan and the bank took over ownership. The site remained abandoned until it was bought by a couple in 2006. Throughout the years, ghost hunters and UFO enthusiasts would trek across county to check out the odd shape objects in Casa Grande they read about online. It became a place for the young to hang out and have parties and raves. The Domes are a dangerous place to be with the walls in disarray and the ceilings falling in piece by piece.

There have been many bizarre stories of ghosts and possible satanic worshiping in the dark worm-like tunnels. Some say that at night you can hear footsteps and whispering in the back dome. A shadow figure has been seen roaming from dome to dome and sometimes out in the surrounding desert. People have report odd tapping noises on their cars if they parked them near the domes. There is a bad vibe inside the domes and an uneasy feeling like something evil is going to happen. Rumors of black magic, rapes and murders are also being told with warnings to stay away. It isn’t known for sure that the stories are just that and what really goes on there is nothing more than underage drinking and occasional squatter just spending a night or two there.

Whatever the rumors are about the domes, it is certainly an appealing place to check out. But be wise about it, not like us, and remember there are “no trespassing” signs posted around the property and a hefty fine if you get caught.




13 comments:

  1. Gorgeous! You portrayed that place just how it looked and felt. It had a strange harmony to it that was almost zen-like!

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  2. I got chills walking inside them. The echoing had a wicked sound to it with other eerie noises flowing throughout the place. Definitely zen-like. I hope we get to do an investigation there.

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  3. Thanks for sharing your travels. This is just facinating.

    Cheers!

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  4. Thank you Frog Queen.....I love sharing my adventures with Autumnforest. We have a blast going on them.

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  5. Very interesting story. I take it that you had some bad vibes while you were there?

    Jane

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  6. Ah, just read your response to another blogger. So, you did get some weird feelings there! I hope that you can do your investigation there as well!

    Jane

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  7. Jane, fingers crossed that our friend can work out something with the current owners.

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  8. I shouldn't even comment since you and my human did not bring me along on your adventure!

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  9. Are we a just a little bitter Dale? You would have gotten us in trouble with your behavior lately.

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  10. The place has a mixed vibe about it. Hope you get to go back!

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  11. These could have been built by Monolithic Dome Inc. out off Italy, Texas

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  12. From what is described. It all sounds similar to the Xanadu houses of the 1980's. Architect Roy Mason designed the one in Kissimmee, Florida. SAdly, they are all gone now. There seems to be a coverup regarding this type of construction.

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  13. My experience there was awesome. I love that place, I won't go back until I have permission to explore the so called worm shape tunnels

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