The most famous of all the structures at Coral Castle was the stone swinging door, which could be conveniently opened by just using your pinky finger. As it turned out, the door operated on a metal rod that had been inserted into the door, which had been drilled from top to bottom by hand. The door sat on a truck bearing that allowed the door to open smoothly, even by a slight change in the velocity of the wind.

Coral Castle, located in Homestead, Florida. Working alone with primitive tools, a Latvian immigrant named Edward Leedskalnin quarried, carved, and set in place more than 1,100 tons of coral rock, creating what is commonly known as the American Stonehenge.

Edward Leedskalnin (Homestead, Florida)

Coral Castle was built in the early 20th century by an eccentric Latvian recluse named Edward Leedskalnin

The Mystery of Coral Castle....Edward Leedskalnin

Coral Castle in Florida. Edward Leedskalnin (Latvian: Edvards Liedskalniņš) (January 12, 1887, Stāmeriena parish, Livonia; December 7, 1951, Miami) was an eccentric Latvian emigrant to the United States and amateur sculptor who single-handedly built the monument known as Coral Castle in Florida. He was also known for his unusual theories on magnetism.

Colral Castle -- The structure—made of megalithic-size stones—was built over 28 years by a single slight-framed man, Edward Leedskalnin, as a temple to his lost love. Leedskalnin claimed he’d learned the ancient secrets of the Great Pyramids back in his homeland, Latvia, and was witnessed levitating 1,000-pound stones in the dead of night.

Coral Castle in Florida. Edward Leedskalnin (Latvian: Edvards Liedskalniņš) (January 12, 1887, Stāmeriena parish, Livonia; December 7, 1951, Miami) was an eccentric Latvian emigrant to the United States and amateur sculptor who single-handedly built the monument known as Coral Castle in Florida. He was also known for his unusual theories on magnetism.

Edward Leedskalnin was born in Riga, Latvia and, at 26, became engaged to 16-year old Agnes Scuffs. She ditched him the day before their wedding. He eventually landed in Homestead just outside of Miami, where he spent the rest of his life building Coral Castle as testimony of his love for his "sweet sixteen." Harvesting…

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Entrance to the Coral Castle south of Miami, Florida. This large complex of carefully placed coral rocks was first built ten miles away in Florida City by Ed Leedskalnin. Leedskalnin was a master stone mason, and led a mostly private and simple life in south Florida. Though just five feet tall and one hundred pounds, he managed to quarry, sculpt, and assemble 1,100 tons of coral rock using only the simplest metal tools

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