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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.
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.
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.
They have a nice display relating to Hohokam era Petroglyphs dating from between 200 A.D. and 900 A.D.. The Hohokam are... more travel advice
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