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Sweet Sixteen

Posted by Heliocentrism on August 9, 2010

July 26, 2010

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Mark on his coral throne

Unsolved Mystery

The first time I heard about this place it was during an eerie episode of Unsolved Mysteries. Robert Stack walked up a darkened alley way and told the viewers about the Coral Castle. The question to be solved was how this scrawny little guy built the castle all by himself without heavy machinery?

I could not find the episode of Unsolved Mysteries, but there is a show about the castle with Leonard Nimoy — you know, Spock. In Search Of dealt more with asking questions about the supernatural, whereas Unsolved Mysteries was more about solving crime, finding long-lost friends, and unexplained happenings.

Sweet Sixteen

Edward Leedskalnin designed and built the coral castle. He seemed like an odd ball to most people who met him. The story goes that he made the castle for the love of an unnamed 16-year-old girl.

They were to be married but she supposedly broke up with him sometime before the wedding. I’m not sure if the girl actually existed. If she did, she might have just been the object of Leedskalnin’s unrequited love.

The whole story inspired Billy Idol to write a creepy sounding song about the whole thing. Parts of the video was filmed at the coral castle.

The Hype

The castle is old. It’s been years since Edward built and maintained his home. Many things don’t work as well as they did in the show you saw above. But you can see that they did work at one point. That giant door in the picture about has lost some of its ball bearings, but two people can still move it with a little bit of effort to start.

But how much of the story is true and how much of it is hype built up by the new owners to get tourist into the gate? I’m not sure, but there is a lot of hype. For me, it was still worth seeing though, even if it was just to satisfy my childhood curiosity.

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The United States of America

How to get there:

You can enter my country by land, air, or sea. But I think flight would be your transportation method of choice.

I have no clue how to get a visa to the US or who needs one. Just assume that you need one if you are not American or Canadian and check with your local US embassy.


  • Use 911 for the police, fire department, or to get an ambulance
  • Use 411 for information (This might cost money.)






  • It’s a big country. You’re going to need a car.

The Coral Castle

How to get there:

  • 25°30’02.7″N 80°26’39.3″W

SW 157th Ave off of Dixie Highway


Coral Castle Museum
28655 South Dixie Highway
Miami, FL 33033


  • (305) 248-6345



  • Su – Th 8:00 – 18:00
  • F & Sa 8:00  – 20:00


  • Adults: $9.75 each
  • Children, under 6: No charge
  • Children, ages 7-12: $5.00 each
  • Senior Citizens, 62+: $6.50 each


  • A Floridian can enter for free with a non-Floridian paying guest. Bring ID.


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