American Stonehenge

This is amazing, a fellow by the name of Edward Leedskalnin builds a castle out of tons of coral stone starting 1920 and continued for 28 years.  The man is 5.4 at 100 lbs no one helped!  The Coral Castle site states that “if anyone ever questioned Ed about how he moved the blocks of coral, Ed would only reply that he understood the laws of weight and leverage well.”  He even moved it 10 miles away which took him 3 years!

From Wikipedia:

Revolving 8-foot tall gate at 8.2 tons is a famous structure of the castle, documented on the television programs In Search of… and That’s Incredible!  The gate is carved so that it fits within a quarter of an inch of the walls.  It was well-balanced, reportedly so that a child could open it with the push of a finger.  The mystery of the gate’s perfectly balanced axis and the ease with which it revolved lasted for decades until it stopped working in 1986.  In order to remove it, six men and a 50-short-ton (45 t) crane were used.  Once the gate was removed, the engineers discovered how Leedskalnin had centered and balanced it.  He had drilled a hole from top to bottom and inserted a metal shaft.  The rock rested on an old truck bearing.  It was the rusting out of this bearing that resulted in the gate’s failure to revolve. Complete with new bearings and shaft, it was set back into place on July 23, 1986.   It failed in 2005 and was again repaired, however it does not rotate with the same ease it once did.

Coral Castle Site 

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Sweet Sixteen

Edward Leedskalnin was jilted by his 16-year-old fiancée Agnes Scuffs in Latvia, ( a country in the Baltic region of Northern Europe)  just one day before the wedding.   In Leedskalnin’s own publication ‘A Book in every Home’ he implies his “Sweet Sixteen” was more an ideal than a reality.

Billy Idol wrote and recorded the song “Sweet Sixteen” and filmed the video in the Coral Castle. The song was inspired by the story of Leedskalnin’s former love, Agnes Scuffs, who purportedly was the main reason Leedskalnin built the structure.

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