I received a suggestion to look at the Coral Castle in South Florida, so it is my starting point for this post. As with all of my research, it has led me to some unexpected places. During the time I have been doing this work, I am never sure of exactly what I am going to find, but I know where to look and what to look for. This process yields very compelling results.
This is the story that goes along with the Coral Castle. It is a limestone megalithic structure attributed to the mysterious Ed Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant to the United States who claimed to have discovered the secrets of the Ancients, and that he single-handedly built it over a 28-year-period starting in 1923, working alone at night.
Not only that, he built it originally in Florida City, the southernmost city in the South Florida metropolitan area, and then as one version of the legend tells us, he hired a truck driver, and moved it to its present location near Homestead, Florida, in 1936. However he moved it, and he was said to have moved it approximately 10-miles, or 16-kilometers.
Keep in mind, the limestone megalithic stones here each weigh several tons.
This is the Redlands Coral Castle House, also in Homestead, Florida, said to have been built by an unknown person in 1932.
Though sometimes attributed to Leedskalnin, he purportedly did not move his Coral Castle to Homestead until 1936.
The interior was said to have been destroyed by Hurricane Andrew in 1992.
The property is now the Rancho Grande Castle Rock Farm & Nursery, with the abandoned Coral Castle House is used by the ranch for portrait photos.
Another one-man project is Bishop Castle in Rye, Colorado, named after Jim Bishop, who was said to have started building it, over a 40-year period, in 1969.
Bishop Castle is a tourist attraction in the mountains of Central Colorado. The turn-off for it is not far from where this photo of the Wet Mountains was taken.
This is the area around Bishop Castle from Google Earth, and I couldn’t help but look into information about the Ophir Creek and its campground shown here near the Bishop Castle.
This picture was taken at the Ophir Creek campground in the San Isabel National Forest.
Then there is this comparison of what you see in the Ophir Creek campground in Colorado on the top left; with downtown Eureka Springs, Arkansas on the top right; the Twin Lakes Reservoir in Bethel, Oklahoma, on the bottom left; and at the Turkey Mountain Urban Wilderness Area in Tulsa, Oklahoma on the bottom right.
These are cut and shaped stones. These are not natural occurrences, contrary to what we have taught to believe by historical omission.
They are lying around everywhere with no special attention drawn to them – just there. Taunting us but not telling us.
And only when you start realizing they are there. Until you notice them, they just blend in to the landscape.
I looked up the name of Ophir because it is unusual, and I vaguely remembered it as having importance in antiquity.
I looked it up, and it is a port mentioned in the Bible, famous for its wealth.
It’s location has not been definitively placed, with candidates for the historical location of Ophir including India and South Asia; Africa; the Americas; the Solomon Islands; and the Phillippines.
I also came across this photo memorializing the St. John & Ophir Railroad in Utah, a short 8.5-mile, or 14-kilometer, railroad, said to have been built between the main track and St. John and the Ophir Silver mines in 1912. Then, a short 26-years later, the railroad line was abandoned in 1938.
The Watts Towers in the neighborhood of Watts in Los Angeles, California, are attributed to one person – Simon Rodia, an Italian immigrant construction worker and tile mason between 1921 and 1954.
They are considered examples of outsider art, or naive art, both of which pertain to lacking the formal education and training that a professional artist undergoes.
The towers are described as structural steel, covered with mortar, and adorned with broken glass, sea shells, generic pottery, and tile.
It sure looks like an antenna array!
Could the steel towers have originally been there, and Simon Rodia just decorated them? Or were others responsible, and he just got the credit?
Then there was Ferdinand Cheval, the French postman.
Beginning in 1879, he was said to have spent 33 years building Le Palais Ideal, in Hauterives, France, picking up stones on his daily mail route to build it with.
Like Simon Rodia, his work is called naive art too – an extraordinary example of it.
Back to Florida. Saint Augustine, Florida, which has the nickname “The Ancient City.”
Ancient means something belonging to the very distant past.
Yet, St. Augustine was said to have been founded in 1565 by the Spanish Conquistador, Pedro Menendez de Aviles.
Here is de Aviles’ statue in front of the what was the Alcazar Hotel, and is now the St. Augustine City Hall and Lightner Museum, and is called Moorish Revival architecture.
It is important to note that Alcazar was the name given to a type of Moorish castle or palace built in Spain and Portugal during Moorish rule there.
Yet we are told that the St. Augustine is called the Ancient City based on what we are told is only a 454-year-old history???
The Villa Zorayda in St. Augustine was said to have been built in 1883 by the eccentric millionaire Frederick W. Smith…
…and was said to be inspired by the 12th-century Moorish Alhambra Palace in Granada, Spain, and also called Moorish Revival architecture.
The Castle Warden Hotel in St. Augustine was said to have been built in 1887…
…as a winter home for William H. Warden of Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, a partner with Henry Flagler and John D. Rockefeller in the Standard Oil Company; President of the St. Augustine Gas and Electric Light Company; and the Finanical Director of the St. Augustine Improvement Company.
It has served as Ripley’s Believe It or Not Museum since 1950.
In New York State, Beacon Towers, located at Sands Point on Long Island, was said to be a Gilded Age Mansion built in 1917 and 1918 (which would have been during World War I) for Alva Belmont, the ex-wife of William K. Vanderbilt, and the widow of Oliver Belmont. It was demolished in 1945.
Both men were millionaires, and members of prominent families of New York City. She herself was a multi-millionaire American socialite and suffragette. Here is a picture of her taken in 1922.
The mansion was said to have been designed by Hunt & Hunt, the architectural firm of Richard Morris Hunt’s sons Richard and Joseph, with some of its design elements incorporating those of the alcazars of Spain, like the Alcazar of Segovia, pictured here…
…as well as design elements said to be from pictures in medieval illuminated manuscripts.
Richard Morris Hunt was credited with the pedestal of the Statue of Liberty in 1884…
…the Entrance Facade and the Great Hall of the Metropolitan Museum of Art in 1902…
…and the Biltmore Estate near Asheville, North Carolina. More on this place later in this post.
The Hempstead House is still standing though, and it is also located at Sands Point on Long Island. It is also known as the Gould-Guggenheim Estate and Sands Point Preserve. It was said to have been started by Howard Gould, and finished by Daniel Guggenheim in 1912.
We are told the Hempstead House is patterned after the Kilkenny Castle in Ireland, which has a construction starting date of 1195, and a completion date of 1213.
The Oheka Castle, which is also known as the Otto Kahn Estate, is located at on the North Shore of Long Island in the town of Huntington.
It was said to have been built between 1914 and 1919 (also during World War I) as a country home for the investment financier Otto Kahn and his family, and was considered to be the second-largest private home in the United States at 109,000 square feet.
Today, the Oheka Castle is an historic hotel with 32-guest rooms and suites.
In case you have never heard of him, the fabulously wealthy Otto Kahn was the inspiration for the Mr. Moneybags character of the Monopoly board game. It is interesting how powerful but otherwise unknown people like this example here get inserted in our collective consciousness in seemingly innocent ways.
Otto Kahn was born in Mannheim, Germany, in 1867, moved to the United States in 1893, and became a U. S. citizen in 1917. He died in 1934.
The Biltmore Estate in Asheville, North Carolina, is the largest private home in the United States at 175,856 square feet.
Richard Morris Hunt, the same architect credited with the Statue of Liberty’s Pedestal, and the Metropolitan Museum of Art, receives the credit as the architect for the Biltmore Estate.
It was said to have been built for George Washington Vanderbilt II between 1889 and 1895.
The Vanderbilt family amassed a huge fortune through steamboats, railroads, and various business enterprises, and the Biltmore Estate in Asheville is still owned by his descendents.
Overlook Castle is also in Asheville, and was said to have been built between 1912 and 1914 for Fred Loring Seely after his father-in-law, Edwin Wiley Grove, gave him 10-acres, or 4-hectares, on top of Sunset Mountain
It has two large windows that offer a panoramic view of Asheville…
…and Jacobean ceilings.
The Jacobean style was named after King James I of England who was also King James VI of Scotland of the Royal House of Stuart.
Strangely, you can find two different portraits of him. One that looks like this…
…and one that looks like this.
I know what I think…serious historical white-washing has taken place!
Here are more castles and mansions located in very different parts of the United States:
Chateau Laroche in Loveland, Ohio, near Cincinnati, said to have been built starting in the 1920s…
…Squire’s Castle near Cleveland, Ohio, said to have been built between 1895 and 1897…
…Joslyn Castle in Omaha, Nebraska, said to have been built in 1903…
…Montezuma Castle, in Montezuma, near Las Vegas, New Mexico, said to have been built in 1886…
…Copenhaver Castle on Camelback Mountain in Phoenix, Arizona, said to have been built starting in 1967…
…Tovrea Castle in Carraro Heights in Phoenix, Arizona, said to have been built between 1929 and 1931…
…Canterbury Castle in Portland, Oregon, said to have been built between 1929 and 1931, and demolished in 2009…
…the Pittock Mansion, also in Portland, said to have been built in 1914…
…the Hearst Castle in San Simeon, California, said to have been built between 1919 and 1947…
…Scotty’s Castle in Death Valley National Park in California, said to have been built between 1922 and 1931…
…and Shea’s Castle in Antelope Valley, California, said to have been built in 1924.
These are just a few of the many examples I had to choose from.
When I was thinking about a title for this post the word “foray” came to mind. One of the definitions of foray is a sudden attack or incursion into enemy territory, especially to obtain something.
I read that, and decided the word was perfect to describe what the subject of this post reveals, and of the many names of who was responsible for the misappropriation and misattribution of the Moorish Legacy. Not the only ones, but certainly recognizable and wealthy names.
This just scratches the surface of the very deep subject of what has taken place on earth, how it was done, and who dunnit!
In my next post, I am going to be looking at the subject of fires…and great fires.