851 North Henness Road
Casa Grande, AZ 85122
Phone: (520) 426-1177
Fax: (520) 423-2288
Although the whole structure is a marvel in itself, the 4 story building which is believed to have been built in the 13th Century is the highlight of Casa Grande Ruins National Monument. The monument which comprises of various Hohokam structures is an architectural masterpiece.
Gila River War Relocation Center was a confinement camp for Japanese Americans during the Second World War. It was one of the least oppressive camps and when in operation it was the fourth largest city in Arizona. The buildings were constructed with an effective protection against the heat, so even in the desert the temperatures were bearable. In the camp there was a post office, warehouses, police office, court, water filtration plant, refrigerated warehouse, laundry, gas station, schools, churches and more. Even though the main buildings are gone, there still remains some artifacts of that era. Gila River War Relocation Center is an important monument that holds American history of the Second World War. The land is owned by the Gila Rivers Indian tribe and is considerate a holy land, so access is only granted by permission from the tribe.
McFarland State Historic Park houses remnants of Arizona history from the 1800s. It is named in the honor of the donor Ernest McFarland, the governor who gave away the land to the Arizona State Parks Board to build a state park. The Park buildings served as a jail, courthouse and a hospital during Arizona Territory times.
One of Arizona's premium parks, the Picacho Peak State Park is a vast green pasture in Picacho. The highlight of the park is its main peak which stands majestically.
Queen Creek Olive Mill is the only producer of extra virgin olive oil of all Arizona. Their extra virgin olive oil is made using nine varieties of olives creating an unique high quality delicacy. There you will find a marketplace, where you can purchase the gourmet olive oils, local foods and gifts. You will also find an exquisite restaurant with delicious Italian dishes such as the bruschettas and the kalamatta sandwich - with the mouth-watering kalamatta salami. More than a restaurant or a groceries shop, the Queen Creek Olive Mill offers an informational tour through the farm, where you can learn about how olive oil is made, transforming the place into an cultural experience, not only a store. It is worth the mileage - a perfect day trip for relaxing and a great way to spend the day.
Have you ever been to a haunted house? Well here's your chance to visit one. Simply called 'The Nest', this barn was once a shelter of the psychotic Jacob Knob. A visit to this place is a spine-chilling journey through 14 rooms, the carnage and the graveyard where Jacob's victims were tormented and buried. The special effects used in all these attractions replicate the same kind of horror in you as experienced by Jacob's victims. Definitely not for the faint-hearted!
Environmental Education Center at Veterans Oasis Park offers some wonderful insights about the region's geology and nature. Visitors can learn about the unique landscape through an array of programs focusing on science, art and other areas of interest.