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Casa Grande

Casa Grande (or Great House) is the centerpiece of a Hohokam Village and was built in the 1300s. It is four stories high and 60 feet long. It took nearly 3000 tons of a concrete-like mixture of sand, clay and limestone called caliche to build this, the largest known Hohokam structure. Casa Grande received its name from early Spanish explorers like Father Eusebio Kino. When asked by the explorers who built the village the nearby Pima Indians said "Hohokam" which means "all gone". In 1892, Casa Grande became the nation's first archeological reserve.

Visitor's Center

Your first stop will be the Visitor Center where you pay your entrance fee and where you can see the displays in the rather well-done museum. You can also get an informative brochure about the park, information about other area attractions, and buy gifts and souvenirs.

Other Ruins

In addition to the remains of other village buildings, there is a ballcourt used by the village in competitions within the village and against other villages.

  • Last visit to Casa Grande National Monument: Dec 2010
  • Intro Updated Dec 17, 2010
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  • LoriPori's Profile Photo
    Oct 22, 2009 at 10:45 AM

    The casa grande or great house is simple yet amazing. I have not heard of the Hohokam people so its good to have an interpretive center to learn more about them.

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