Ed Leedskalnin, the builder of the Coral Castle, was a very private person and when he heard about a planned subdivision being built near him he decided to move to Homestead and in 1936 bought 10 acres of land. Ed spent the next three years moving the Coral Castle structures he had already begun to build from Florida City to Homestead, a distance of 10 miles. It’s still a mystery how a man weighing a mere 100 pounds and standing just over 5 feet tall moved all these carvings a distance of 10 miles. In this part of Florida, the coral in some areas can be up to 4,000 feet thick. Ed had the chassis of an old truck on which he laid two rails. He had a friend with a tractor move the loaded trailer from Florida City to Homestead. Many people saw the coral carvings being moved along the Dixie Highway, but no one actually ever saw Ed loading or unloading the trailer. Ed did much of his work at night by lantern light and to help protect his privacy, he built numerous “lookouts” along the Castle walls. A few teenagers claimed to have witnessed his work, reporting that he had caused the blocks of coral to move like hydrogen balloons. The only tool that Leedskalnin spoke of using was a "perpetual motion holder."
In 1940, after the carvings were in place, Ed finished erecting the walls. The coral walls weigh 125 pounds per cubic foot. Each section of wall is 8 feet tall, 4 feet wide, 3 feet thick, and weighs more than 58 tons! The stones are fastened together without mortar. They are set on top of each other using their weight to keep them together. The craftsmanship detail is so skillful and the stones are connected with such precision that no light passes through the joints. Even with the passage of decades and a direct hit on August 24, 1992, by the Category 5 Hurricane Andrew, the stones have not shifted.
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danos (91090) 2013-04-01 8:26
nice the view as the presentation of the bougainvillea that dominates in this section of the Coral Castle garden.I like the brilliant light of the image with the contrast of the colours to be superb.
lousat (83500) 2013-04-01 8:42
Hi Jenna,this is very strange and most interesting,i never seen before.Excellent capture whit a good exposure in a very hard light,great details and the beautiful purple of bouganvillea too.Have a nice week and thanks,Luciano
marina7 (8055) 2013-04-01 9:02
I wish I could take a walk there too:) Beautiful walls and flowers and an intriguing story. The pink of the flowers contasts so gorgeously with the blue of the sky. I only wish it hadn't been cropped at the top allowing more room for the sky to frame the picture. Still a wonderful shot.
adramad (41144) 2013-04-01 11:30
I'm active again in these pages after a few days of vacation.
Wonderful this bouganvilla, providing great chromatic power, the beautiful composition, the contrast with the old stones is ideal.
Superb range of colors and a very bright, with perfect clarity.
I wish you a good week.
papagolf21 (91422) 2013-04-01 14:34
L'image est très belle et difficile à réaliser avec la forte lumière. J'aime cet arbrisseau fleuri prenant vie dans je ne sais quelle terre, il émerge tel un miracle.
La beauté d'ensemble est à souligner.
Un grand merci pour vos commentaires très appréciés. Cette visite à New-York date de notre voyage de noces en 1970 ! Depuis, trois enfants et six petits-enfants !!!
Sonata11 (33697) 2013-04-01 18:19
what a gorgeous composition and its execution. Perfectly well done. Tfs. Thank you so much.
All the best,
fabbs99 (16819) 2013-04-01 22:08
Beautiful flowers.Excellent frame with nice sharpness. Great colors and resolution.Very well done.
manrezaei (1837) 2013-04-02 0:48
Very beautiful place with a nice colors you captured.
Noel_Byrne (27746) 2013-04-02 4:03
Great to see another angle on this fine place, and this one allows us to see the fascinating texture of the rock in great detail. An intriguing place, and I am really glad you shared knowledge of it with us. Love the colours in this of the bright flowers, white rock and beautiful blue sky.
All the best
Miguel82 (26877) 2013-04-02 10:40
Very sharp picture, excellent light and pov
Beautiful ruins, very nice pink bougainvillea flowers
Have a nice day
siolaw (38292) 2013-04-05 1:05
Those structures have an extremely interesting story... quite amazing indeed! Bright sunlight gave you thos nice colours too with the bougainvillea adding a lot to the scene!