The strange mysteries of Coral Castle

Coral Castle near Miami, Florida, is a massive monument built by one man. How did he do it?

Witnesses reported they saw massive blocks of coral hovering like hydrogen balloons.

The idea of anti-gravity has been tantalizing scientists for as long as gravity itself has been recognized and given a name. The ability to control a force that would allow heavy objects to ignore the laws of gravity and levitate or float cannot be dismissed—it is a coveted thing.

There are those enclaves of people who believe that we on Earth have come in the possession of extra-terrestrial artifacts from alien civilizations and have reverse-engineered them to achieve powers not known previously.

Some believe the artifacts come from secret crashed spaceships, and others think that Earthlings have ventured into the cosmos and brought them back with the help of other entities. There are many people who believe that a group of Earthling scientists volunteered to travel to other planets as an educational exchange venture.

ETs had been visiting Earth for awhile and made contact with receptive people. One suspected civilization is on one of six planets in the solar system, Zeta Reticuli 2. If you talk to the right people this is gospel. If you talk to a different and much larger set of people, it is hokum, but it is one way we could have had access to anti-gravity.

Edward Leedskalnin standing beside the castle he built.

The idea of advanced technology brings me to The Coral Castle located in Leisure City, Florida in Miami-Dade County. It is a huge structure created by only one man, Edward Leedskalnin. It is not unusual for a person to want to build monuments out of coral limestone.

It might prove to be an interesting hobby that would get you out of doors in the sunshine, getting exercise, and admiring your own progress every day as you went along. What is eerily unusual, is that Ed Leedskalnin would not allow anyone to watch him work on his construction of monoliths and fantasy carvings—a twenty-eight-year project.

Naturally, this declaration of secrecy was like waving a red flag in front of teenage boys and they would sneak peeks at the project when they could get away with it. They reported that they witnessed the massive blocks of coral hovering like hydrogen balloons.

Are these the made-up tales of adolescents with over-active imaginations, possibly pranksters? Or were they hallucinating over and over again?

Edward Leedskalnin, born in 1887, came to America from Latvia when he was jilted by his sixteen-year-old fiancée there. At the same time he was diagnosed with terminal tuberculosis. Brokenhearted and terminal—how do you make a go of it? He began using magnets to try to reverse the disease. Who knows where he got the idea but he spontaneously healed.

Ed had purchased some land near Florida City around 1923. It was close to the unforgiving Everglades and in a remote location. He began his first coral construction, a castle, and called the spot Ed’s Place. The wife of the original property-owner vouched that he had a terrible case of TB when he started it. He recovered before her very eyes.

In 1936, Ed decided to move this portion of the construction. He spent three years moving it to Leisure City, ten miles away, and re-named it Rock Gate. He did this because he was afraid they were about to develop the Florida City area and he would lose his privacy. He continued working on it until 1951. He had charged small amounts—ten to twenty-five cents—to tour his masterpiece. He was not picky, if someone was too poor to pay—they got in anyway. He also sold pamphlets.

When he was asked how a man of his small stature, 110 pounds, could carve and place the huge monoliths weighing many tons, he referred vaguely to a “perpetual motion holder,” or mumbled something about reverse magnetism. Many thought he had supernatural powers.

When he got extremely ill in 1951, he put a sign on his establishment, “Going to hospital.” He took a bus to the hospital, where he went downhill quickly and died twenty-eight days later. They did not find any strange devices that could have amazing powers on his property. They did find $3,500 that had been collected from his tours and pamphlets. Could Ed Leedskalnin have been a person that had cracked the anti-gravity code? There seems to be some evidence that he had.

Leedskalnin’s castle creation plays a bit-part in a 1958 movie. It plays the part of a Dragon Temple in The Wild Women of Wongo.   I remembered that I had a copy of it on a Sci-Fi collection and had to watch it. It is unusual for a 1958 “lower than B” movie to be in color, but it is.

I do not recommend it unless you want to cringe at the dialog, but you will see many color frames of the Coral Castle as a back-drop for the Dragon Temple goddess. The dragon is an alligator, by the way, such as they have in the Florida Everglades.

The Coral Castle has been through several hands since Ed died, but it is still a tourist attraction and a definite spot of mystery and wonder.

Sara Marie Hogg is the author of Quite Curious, a collection of true stories about the unknown and unexplained. Please click HERE to purchase your copy from Amazon.

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