Wednesday, February 27, 2008

Mystery Castle

Last week we paid a visit to a Phoenix tourist attraction called the Mystery Castle. This quirky little piece of Americana was built by Boyce Luther Gulley in the midst of the great depression using salvaged materials from the desert. It was about what you'd expect from something described as "quirky Americana" in the same vein as the Corn Palace and Car Hinge; dingy, dusty and sort of pathetic, but not without its own special charm. Imagine how different Phoenix must have looked in 1930 as this strange tubercolic man gathered railroad ties and old tires to build a giant fort in the desert. It certainly embodies that can do spirit we Americans pride ourselves on. My favorite touches were these tiles that were remnants from a nearby mansion. I'd love to see a kitchen done all with these little lovelies. And here are some other shots from our visit, just for fun.

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