This year he stared out proudly at the field - he said it was one of the best he'd ever had with cotton bolls open the full length of each of the plants that reached to your waist.
After the fall of the mining boom, when the town of Terminus had just been renamed Casa Grande after the nearby Native American ruins, there was almost a complete abandonment of the town. Due to the advent of agriculture though, Casa Grande experienced a rebirth mainly due to the cotton and dairy industries. Since then, Casa Grande has steadily grown from a small, rural town of only 5 residents to home to more than 48,000
Dean Wells, of Wells Cotton Co, was born in Casa Grande when the hospital was located where a Water and Ice now stands, and was raised in a home that his father built. He has spent his entire life as a farmer, continuing a long family tradition in agriculture, and lives today in his family home.
Over the years of his life, he has experienced the ups and the downs of good years and bad years of any farmer - crops flattened by weather and droughts exchanged with an occasional year of an excellent snowfall in the mountains to provide water in the more arid climates. However within the last few years, he, like many other farmers has seen a severe reduction in available water and has come to rely more and more on well water. As this has happened, more and more land has been left empty.