Unexplained Mysteries

The Peculiar Coral Castle of Florida: One Small Man’s Huge Feat

The town of Homestead in Florida boasts a construction that some have compared to the building of the Pyramids of Giza, ancient Grecian temples, and Stonehenge. The entire development of Coral Castle, originally titled “Rock Gate Park,” began in 1920 and took two decades to complete. Visitors can still catch a glimpse today, and the spectacular creation ranks alongside Disney World, the Everglades, and Cape Canaveral as Florida’s major tourist attractions.

Coral Castle Rock Garden

Coral Castle in Miami, Florida, is an engineering marvel of one man, Edward Leedskalnin. Credit: Tonya Stinson, CC 2.0.

Who Created the Coral Castle?

At first glance, the complex might be an amazing place to visit because of the material that was used. Everything within its boundaries is coral. Learn more about the history of the site and an even more astonishing backstory emerges. The main reason construction took as long as it did was that the whole site was the work of just one man. That might be an accomplishment in itself, but this one man was just five feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. His name was Edward Leedskalnin.

Born in the Stāmeriena Parish in Latvia in 1887, Leedskalnin was, by nature, a very secretive person that would make any interested party work hard to discover even the most basic of facts about him. According to legend, Leedskalnin got engaged to a woman called Agnes Scuffs when he was 26 years of age. For some reason, she broke off their engagement.

Edward Leedskalnin built the Coral Castle

Edward Leedskalnin, circa 1910. Public domain.

Leedskalnin decided to pack up his life and head for New York. He arrived there in April 1912. Unable to find any regular work for the next six months, he opted to relocate once again. This time he headed for the Pacific Northwest and took full advantage of the lumberjack boom that was happening at the time. Accounts suggest that Leedskalnin headed for the warmer climate of Florida when he was diagnosed with tuberculosis. It was there that he bought a plot of land and began working on a home fit for former fiancé, who he referred to as “Sweet Sixteen.”

How Was the Coral Park Constructed?

Many people believe Leedskalnin’s love was the definitive motive behind the magnificent creation of Rock Gate Park. What people do wonder, though, is how this one man managed to do so much work in so little time. Without anyone really taking notice of his methods, Leedskalnin quarried, transported, crafted and constructed around 1000 blocks of coral for the walls of his new home. A number of those blocks purportedly weighed in excess of 30 tons. Neighbors have gone on record saying that he transported at least some of them by truck from the quarry ten miles away, but that doesn’t explain how the truck was loaded and unloaded.

The contents of the truckloads were not just materials for his home; Leedskalnin also used an additional 100 tons of coral to construct ornaments and furniture within the grounds. One of the incredible constructs is an obelisk weighing 28 tons and a single coral block that acts as a door. This block weighs 9 tons and can be easily moved with a single finger.

Coral Castle revolving door

Nine-ton revolving door. Source: Wikimedia Commons, GNU.

So how did he pull off such a remarkable feat of engineering without anyone knowing much about it?

Theories On the Fringe

As all of the work was done overnight without the pressure of potential prying eyes, people can only speculate how Leedskalnin created the Coral Castle. There are stories of curiosity getting the better of some of his neighbors who took it upon themselves to have a peek one night. These neighbors suggest that Leedskalnin placed both palms on the stone that required moving and start to sing. The slab reacted by levitating. Even if this report was accurate, it still sounds way too fanciful to have any credibility. This is the likely reason that this claim has been dismissed by other interested parties.

Coral Castle tools

A display of some of the tools Leedskalnin used to engineer the Coral Castle. Credit: Tonya Stinson, CC 2.0.

They suggest an alternative theory that Leedskalnin mastered hidden powers of the mind – perhaps telekinesis – and was able to move every block that way. Others come out and flatly asked the man how he did it. All that he revealed was that he used simple leverage and gravity in the way that the ancient Egyptians supposedly constructed the Pyramids. Leedskalnin also hinted that he had harnessed the power of both magnetism and electricity and was fully aware of the secrets behind the construction of the Pyramids.

I have discovered the secrets of the pyramids, and have found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru, Yucatan and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons!

Edward Leedskalnin

What About Energy Fields?

Was Leedskalnin just being enigmatic or was there something in what he said? Sadly, that is a question unlikely to ever be answered. Leedskalnin took all of his secrets to the grave back in 1951. Some people are more sensitive to energy fields than others. While using or standing within the archway of the gate, some visitors have reported headaches. Science has tried to make sense of all of this and certain conclusions have been reached according to some of the data gathered during these investigations. At key points on the site, telluric energy has apparently fluctuated.

According to Wikipedia, “A telluric current (from Latin tellūs, “earth”), or Earth current, is an electric current which moves underground or through the sea. Telluric currents result from both natural causes and human activity, and the discrete currents interact in a complex pattern.”

The Coral Garden

The Coral Garden, 2014. Credit: Tonya Stinson, CC 2.0.

This may mean that the whole site was specifically designed and constructed above a convergence of an energy ley. When two or more of these ley-lines intersect, some unusual effects might be detectable. Is it possible that one of these effects could be a form of anti-gravity or could it have an effect of the natural magnetism of Earth?

Renowned rock star, Billy Idol, visited the Coral Castle in the 1980s. He was so impressed by what he saw there that he wrote and composed a song about it. The title of it was “Sweet Sixteen,” and it became a major hit on both sides of the Atlantic. Quite rightly, Coral Castle is considered to be an engineering and architectural marvel.

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Les Hewitt

Les currently resides in London and is an ancient alien theorist. He has a long standing interest in the paranormal and the unexplained. In his spare time he enjoys astronomy and Xboxing. It's a big Universe out there.

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