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Bishop's Castle (Part 1)
Posted By: fillerupmac, 05-10-2009, 07:24 PM

Part of our Mother's Day weekend was a return trip to Bishop's Castle, near Rye (southwest of Pueblo), Colorado. Naturally I took photos!! I'll post several over the next few days.

Jim Bishop started to build a cabin for his family back in 1969. His friends thought it was looking like a castle, and 40 years later, this is what he has accomplished so far... stone by stone by stone. That's right, he has personally built this, one rock at a time, plus the ornate ironwork, with almost NO additional help at all

It costs nothing but your time to go see this, if you are ever travelling north/south on Interstate 25, and pass Colorado City, it is certainly worth the 3 hour detour to see this!!

If you are lucky, Jim himself may be there - you'll know he's there if you here someone yelling his head off about our government. He has never been impressed with any government, and he will gladly let you and everyone else within a half mile know about it!!

And this castle is definitely **NOT** built to any code what-so-ever!! Think about that as you hike up to the top of any of the towers, or step into space on any of the ironwork...



This one from the rear...


The tower on the left is 160 feet above ground. Yes you can climb stairs inside to the top. No the scaffolding in the center is not quite done yet - been like that for a few years I think...


Yes, the dragon breathes fire (courtesy some propane)



More to come....

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Great shots Al. I love going to Bishops Castle.

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Nice shots. I plan on heading there next month.
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Nice clean shots of a very funky subject. I love the blue Colorado sky.

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Nice clean shots of a very funky subject. I love the blue Colorado sky.

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Thanks - Jer. Probably as much as I love sailing on real water and not the tiny ponds we have in Colorado!

The elevation here is around 8000 feet, and it's right after a front passed through, "cleansing the air" so to speak. Yes it's gorgeous!

Jim - yep, I should go more often!

Light Horseman - enjoy!! More shots to come this afternoon....

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Crazy guy - nice shots.

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