What Makes Our Cities Unique: The Coral Castle

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

Edward Leedskalnin's Coral Castle in Florida (Christina Rutz/flickr)

As part of our series on unique places around the country, today we visit the Coral Castle of Miami, Florida. It is a structure made of 1,100 tons of coral rock. Edward Leedskalnin, a Latvian immigrant, built the structure between 1928 and 1951. He did so single-handedly and without modern construction equipment. Ken Bourke is a tour guide for the attraction.


Ken Bourke

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Tyler Adams

Comments [2]

Angel from Miami, FL

Polaris telescope? How about the pivoting gate consisting of a single 9-ton piece of coral (too heavy for a bulldozer) that can be moved with a slight push?

Mar. 06 2013 07:28 AM

Duncan Oklahoma, my home town, has unique attractions in spite of the fact it is relatively small and geographically remote.

It has a wonderful museum celebrating the Chisolm Trail, which once passed nearby.

It is the home of Halliburton, where in the early 20's Earle P. Halliburton created the Halliburton Oil Well Cementing Company. For over two decades Duncan was the home of HOWCO's corporate offices and machine shops.

Duncan also boasts a truly unique community facility, the Simmons Center, which provides cultural and health-related venues for its citizens.

Although I have not resided there since 1950, I have kept in contact with friends who have remained and continue to enjoy its many attractions.

Mar. 05 2013 11:10 AM

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