CORAL CASTLE – The Stonehedge Of Florida

Over thirty years ago I wrote an article for a magazine called PSYCHIC WORLD on Coral Castle, a unique castle structure located in Homestead off US 1.  There were lots of unexplained questions about this unique structure back then and none of them have been answered by engineers and scholars even today.  I received a belated email from an engineer in Pakistan who wanted the directions to this mystical place.

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It is easy to remember: just head down US 1 from Miami toward the Keys and slow down as you near Homestead.  The more you know about construction, the more you will be surprised.

What makes Coral Castle so weird is it was built by one 130-pound man with no machinery or equipment except a mule.  Coral blocks, larger than the blocks of the Great Pyramid in Egypt, were pulled from the ground and transported to this site (not once but twice).  One ton rocks were turned into doors that can be swung by a small child.

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A one ton picnic coral table shaped like Florida

Coral Castle combines astrology and psychics and ancient construction secrets, all motivated by a heart-broken immigrant whose bride-to-be jilted him at the altar.  EDWARD LEEDSKALTON left Latvia after his failed wedding and after drifting around the land came to the Florida wilderness in 1910.

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Moved it?  He moved tons of Coral rock!

He was a private, lonely person, who started to build his masterpiece near Floral City, but when civilization crowded his project, he moved the entire plant ten miles away toward Homestead.  He worked until his death in 1951 and only told people he knew “the secret of the pyramids.”

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For a person with a fourth grade education, he knew something to move 1,100 tons of coral rock from the earth into position to carve his works.  His crude house only shows assorted levers and pulleys and several water-moving devices.  There is only one Coral Castle in the USA.  Go to its website at  http://coralcastle.com.

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About floridatraveler

Historian and travel writer M. C. Bob Leonard makes the Sunshine State his home base. Besides serving as content editor for several textbook publishers and as college professor, he moderates the FHIC at www.floridahistory.org
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