Most locals don’t know who built these giant, concrete, saucer-shaped domes out in the middle of the Arizona desert, or why. While the truth is pretty mundane, visitors to the site are known to come down with a case of the willies in about four seconds—the extreme neglect, oddness of the architecture and (they say) the “vibe” of the place as the sun goes down combine to give one a healthy sense of unease.
While these may look like ’50s era flying saucer replicas, they were in fact built in 1982 by an electronics company; their weird design was supposed to assist with insulation and be cheap to construct. The company failed in 1983, and contaminated groundwater was found at the site shortly thereafter, with cleanup not exactly a priority for the now bank-owned properties. New owners acquired the site in 2006, and there it still sits—spooky, deserted and forever raising the question “who paid money for these?”