3 Historic Castles Located in the United StatesLifestyle The List
The U.S. is known more for skyscrapers and McMansions than castles – but we do have them! Here are three castles that have stood the test of time, for better or worse.
1. The Mystery Castle – Phoenix, Arizona
Let's start in Phoenix, Arizona at The Mystery Castle. "It takes the name from an article published in Life back in the 40s,” explains castle guide Juankarlo Gastelum. Juankarlo tells us about owner Boyce Gulley and the kingdom he built – by hand! – to surprise his family. “During the 15 years of construction that Boyce was here in Arizona, his wife and daughter were still in Seattle. He left them behind when he was ill, and made his way out here. But [he] chose not to tell the family that this is what he was spending his time on." And that's how the mystery castle got its name! "They actually had no idea that this place was even here,” adds Juankarlo. When they arrived after his death, they found this sprawling, three-story castle built from materials found in the area – stone, adobe, and bricks. Talk about being resourceful!
2. The Ha Ha Tonka Castle – Camdenton, Missouri
Next, let's head east to Camdenton, Missouri for the Ha Ha Tonka Castle. Ha Ha Tonka was designed after 16th century European architecture by a local businessman. He even imported stone masons from Europe to achieve the correct style. The castle was used as a summer home until a fire destroyed it in 1942.
3. The Bannerman Castle – Pollepel Island, New York
Finally, 50 miles north of New York City on Pollepel Island on the Hudson River is the Bannerman Castle. Francis Bannerman built the castle as a storage facility for his army surplus business in the early 1900s. He also built a smaller castle higher on the island as his residence.
In 1920, an explosion destroyed a portion of the castle. Today visitors can take hard hat tours of the hollowed-out haunt.
From sparkling desert sands to the New York island, these three crumbling castles across America are worth a visit!
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