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Bishop's Castle

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1969, James Bishop. 6 miles north of Lake San Isabel on Colorado 165
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)
  • (Carol M. Highsmith Archive, Library of Congress, Prints and Photographs Division)

A large iron dragon poking its head over 70-foot-high castle walls makes Custer County's most unusual building easy to find. Since 1969 Jim Bishop of Pueblo has been building this medieval-inspired stone castle, complete with gatehouse, arched openings, flying buttresses, towers, and a projected moat and drawbridge. Working without blueprints or architectural training. Bishop built with scavenged stone and decorated his castle with wrought iron from his father's ornamental iron shop in Pueblo.

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Thomas J. Noel


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Thomas J. Noel, "Bishop's Castle", [Rye, Colorado], SAH Archipedia, eds. Gabrielle Esperdy and Karen Kingsley, Charlottesville: UVaP, 2012—,

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