Wild West Gothic

For 40 years, Jim Bishop has been building a castle on a mountainside in central Colorado, one man, one stone at a time. The eccentric Gaudi-esque structure is “America’s biggest, one-man, physical project.” Although the castle is mostly a hollow shell of cemented rocks and ornamental ironwork, his future plans include a moat and a drawbridge, a roller coaster mounted on the castle’s outer wall, a balcony big enough to hold an orchestra, and a second castle for Phoebe, his wife. Jim was working on the drawbridge tower the day we visited and he is pictured here being lured into one of his notorious anti-government rants, by Jonathan. The castle’s dragon, made from recycled metal hospital trays, shoots fire with the aid of a burner from a hot air balloon.

Bishop’s Castle as seen from the road

Jonathan and Jim

“Democratic (communist) and Republican (fascist)” Hut

Charles and Jonathan in the Main Hall


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