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Bishop Castle: Another Self-Made Masterpiece

- Jim Bishop - Wednesday, April 13th, 2005 : goo

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The Early Years:

Let's talk about being Inspired. Young Jim Bishop in 1959 at the ripe old age of 15 paid four hundred and fifty dollars for a two and a half acre parcel of land enclosed on three sides by the majestic San Isabel National Forest in southern Colorado. It was money saved from mowing lawns, throwing newspapers, and working with his father Willard in the family ornamental iron works. Jim had dropped out of high school that year over an argument from his English teacher who yelled at him "You'll never amount to anything Jim Bishop!" Ever since he was a boy, Jim was powerfully drawn up towards the mountains visable to the west from Pueblo, and having found a small 2-1/2 acre parcel one weekend on a bicycle journey with some friends, convinced his parents to buy it for him with his money. So Willard and ma Polly signed for the land deal which Jim wasn't even old enough to do himself, and the family now had a heavily forested two and a half acres at 9000 feet. Jim and his dad spent the next ten summers camping out on the land and doing the groundwork for a family cabin on the site. Setting the stage for what was to come, Jim soon learned that he really enjoyed swinging an axe and weilding a shovel or pick in building their clearing with a drive up to it, which is now the court-yard between the family cabin and the castle itself with it's driveway. It was in 1967 that Jim and Pheobe got married, a union they still enjoy to this day, and in 1969 at the age of twenty-five, Jim decided it was time to start building a cabin in the mountians they so loved. Since rocks were plentiful, everywhere, and free, he chose to start building a one room stone cottage...

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The Birth of a Castle:

Snow doesn't melt completely at 9000 feet usally until the middle of May, sometimes even into June, so the summer building season is a short one, especially when you're dealing with mortar which cannot freeze while it's drying. There's only so much that can be done in a couple months while still working in the ornamental iron shop to support the family. Jim started building his cabin, and after a while Jim and Willard started trading off two week stints, one at the shop running the business and one up the mountain working on the family cabin. This lasted until the late spring of 1971, when the problem of getting running water into the cabin arose. Willard suggesting putting in a large metal tank that he had salvaged from a welding job to be a gravity fed cistern that they'd have to have filled once or twice a summer. Jim thought it'd be functional, and construction began on the water tank. It is a 40 foot metal cylander which Willard surrounded with stonework. Jim continued to build his cottage, and the walls grew. Throughout the summer, family friends, a couple local ranchers, and even some family members commented that it looked like they were building a castle! "Hey Jim! That looks like a turret or something!" "What are you building, a castle?!" Jim heard that enough times that by the time late spring 1972 rolled around, his imagination had been stirred something fierce, and Mr. Jim Bishop started telling friends and family that he was in fact going to be building a castle! When Willard first heard this, he stated matter of factly that castles tended to be pretty huge and that he wasn't going to have anything to do with it! "That's just too much work!" Jim kept right on building, and the construction that began as a one room stone cottage with an Eiffel Tower shaped fireplace gave birth to this country's, and maybe even the world's, largest one man project ~ The Bishop Castle.

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It Just Keeps On Growing:

As the castle grew, so did word of the guy up in the mountains who was pursuing the American Dream ~ to be King of your own Castle! People came to visit more and more often, and Jim would often be asked if he wanted help building his castle. For the first eight years, the answer was always Sure! And in those eight years, not a single person ever kept their word and showed up to help. In a fit of cynical frustration, Jim vowed that "By God, I've gotten this far by myself. If you're going to do something right, do it yourself!" (and probably another thing or two that really shouldn't be printed) So like the castle itself, the idea of the castle being a one man project was born in the process of the doing and was not an original intention or a childhood dream like many people think. And he kept building. And building. And the Bishop Castle grew...

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Other Discoveries Along the Way:

Many of the features of the Bishop Castle were discovered intuitively or stumbled upon as the building unfolded. Some would even say "Suggested Themselves". In the process of the castle building, Jim discovered that he also really enjoyed building his body too. He even set up an old army wall tent in the clearing, where he would workout with weights for a couple of hours in the evenings after having built with stone and mortar all day! As he became increasingly involved in the weight lifting regime physically, he also discovered that realm of mind where his principles in building could also be applied to his life ~ balance in everything! This became an ideal he strove for in this proving of himself, through his stonework, his body, and in his mind. It was through this approach that Jim soon realized that he would find himself completely visualizing what he could build next and how it would all fit together on such a large scale. There are no plans, blueprints or drawings other than the one Jim did to illustrate his book "Castle Building from my point of view". The more Jim experienced massive wonder himself about how certain features lined up or fell into place is when he started suspecting that maybe something "more" was going on, that maybe it was the Creator of All Things working through him in this magnificent endeavor that seemed to have a spirit of it's own. Jim started describing the Bishop Castle as "Built by One Man with the Help of God." There's really no other way to explain it!. And it kept growing...

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Feats of Strength:

In order to pursue the totality of what he could visualize, Jim employed anything and everything that was available to him. He had apprenticed and then mastered with his father in the family's Bishop Ornamental Iron shop welding and scroll bending and learning how things fit together for most of his life. At some point in a long career of custom machinery construction, Willard had built a sawmill among numerous other unique machines including the cement mixer that Jim still uses to this day. And Jim did everything ~ hauling rock from the state highway ditches, felling timber and then milling it into lumber, building railroad ties into forms for his arches, (he's used the same form over and over), building scaffolding as he went. He hand dug holes up to 12 feet deep for the foundations, mixed all his own mortar, carried it, usually up, to wherever he was working, created and rigged complex systems of pulleys and come-alongs to hoist such things as tree trunks for the floor supports, and stone by stone his dreams were being made manifest. Jim handles each and every stone in the castle on average of SIX TIMES !!!before it rests in it's final configuration in this massive re-organizing of the scattered granite in the Rocky Mountains into the form of the Bishop Castle.

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Structural Ornaments:

The beginning of the square tower on the south side of the main keep saw the first massive use of ironwork in the construction. Up until then Jim had incorperated his ironwork as window frames, stairs, and the purely ornamental. Now his use of iron and steel became structural, with a core frame for the tower starting from it's foundations. The rock work formed around this base and created such strength that Jim had no fear contemplating the heights that the tower might one day climb to. Wooden forms soon gave way to ornamental iron forms in the arches of the second floor, some of the most incredible examples of precision geometry found in the castle. And the most magnificent feature of all, the inner roof support trusses and the main central arch which are so detailed yet so massively functional that they boggle the mind that this is the work of one pair of hands. Everywhere one looks something will boggle the mind, such as the fact that the hand railing going up the S.W. corner, named Roy's Tower, with all of it's bizarre twists and turns, was hammered cold into it's highly custom shape.

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The Dream Defined:

Over the years as the castle grew, more and more people heard about this phenomenon up in the mountains and began showing up in increasing numbers. Friends told Jim that he should be making some money off what was becoming an attraction! Jim felt differently though ~ he hated it when he was a kid and couldn't go to the zoo or the ballpark because admission for the whole family was too high for a bunch of working class folks. Seeing as the original idea for a castle came from people visiting the property, Jim figured that if people were welcomed onto the property FOR FREE then he could put out a donation box and people could put in there what they felt comfortable putting in there. The honor system would be the financier! This increased Jim's feeling of the castle truely being a place of American Freedom. He felt like he worked hard enough down in Pueblo to support the family that he would build as much as the visitors provided for. This has frustrated him at times over the years, wanting to build larger items such as an elevator and not having the funds to do so, but he feels so strongly about the dream being kept intact that he's even written into legal documents that the Bishop Castle will always remain free as long as it stands. This belief in America being a Free Country made up of Free Persons has fueled his passions in building the castle to represent the American Dream in an undeniably tangable and awe inspiring form.

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Financial Mechanics of Building:

After eight painstaking years of paperwork without the aid of a lawyer, Jim's wife Pheobe accomplished what many had told her was impossible on her own. In 1984 she recieved a 501(c)3 non-profit charter from the IRS which allowed her to create the Bishop Castle Non-Profit Charitable Foundation for NewBorn Heart Surgery. This formalized the castle's ability to setup and maintain a donation box on the premises through which the construction is funded. Pheobe also created the first gift shop on the premises in a one room log cabin that the family had built directly across the courtyard from the castle which she then operated for 13 years. It was through the proceeds of the gift shop and the donation box that materials were purchased for the continued construction, and though the management of the gift shop has now changed hands twice since Pheobe decided to stop doing it herself, the gift shop and the donation box are still the primary sources of funding for the construction of the Bishop Castle. The charity that the family set up is designed to financially help local families with medical expenses for young children that aren't covered by insurance. Even though the IRS told the Bishops that they weren't required to make any donations through the charity until the castle was completed, they have managed the Charity for NewBorn Heart Surgery in such a way that numerous donations have been made over the years. They feel like they probably have the only charitable foundation in these united States that was created and maintained by working folks.

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Enter The Dragon:

In the mid 1980's, a friend of Jim's was driving a truck full of discarded stainless steel warming plates from the Pueblo County Hospital to the landfill. He decided that Jim could probably put this motherload of expensive stainless steel to better use than the dump could, so dropped it off at the Bishop Ornamental Iron Shop instead. Jim spent the winter building a chimney out of the steel, riviting thousands of hammered "scales" that he had cut out of the plates together around a steel frame. The dragon was completed in the spring and Jim hauled it up the mountian to tackle the daunting task of raising and installing this incredible sculpture to where it rests today perched off of the front of the Grand Ballroom eighty feet in the air! Later on came the addition of a burner from a hot air balloon (that was donated!) which Jim put in the back of the dragons throat, making it a true Fire Breathing Dragon! The dragon usually gets fired up weekends through the summer.

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Unimaginable Heights Reached:

Jim is often told that he must not be afraid of heights! The way he figures it, he began at the bedrock base of the earth and has been gradualy building up, so gradual that as the heigt grew, he was as comfortable with it as with being on the ground. The feeling has to be a lot like the difference between seeing a child growing up everday and not seeing them for a year at a time. One is hardly noticable and the other striking in it's effect. Jim's experience with the castle has been so intimate, (he's held EVERY SINGLE STONE IN THERE ON AN AVERAGE OF SIX TIMES), that he's grown stone by stone as well and doesn't mind the heights at all. In 1994 Jim reached a point with the square Andreatta tower, named after the family that donated the old school bells that hang in it, where he felt satisfied that it was high enough. That didn't last long, as in 1995 he built and installed a thirty foot tall steel steeple on top of the masonry, taking the total height to roughly One-Hundred and Sixty Feet! That's about the size of a 16 story building! Jim has remained satisfied with the overall height of his castle to the present, though he's recently been threatening to build one of the corner outer wall towers to 250 feet because a local zoning official told him he couldn't build over 25 and he just added a zero.

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jeeff: 2nd Apr 2005 - 04:15 GMT

very interesting. i saw something about this on tv a couple of years ago. but i'm curious who actually posted this, or who wrote the text.

wiggle.: a bit silly.

ravae: 6th Jul 2005 - 03:37 GMT

Been there and seen this it is Awsome I recomend to every one to go see it.

Wonka: 8th Jul 2005 - 18:55 GMT

Ive been there also boring drive but when you get there it is pretty cool. and the guy who built it is cool as hell he hates the government like crazy n shit he knows a bunch of useless info too...hes just plain cool.

Shirley: 23rd Jul 2005 - 16:39 GMT

Saw an article about the castle in the Grit newspaper. My husband and I live in western KS and hope to be able to visit this castle some weekend in the near future.

dt: 30th Jul 2005 - 02:07 GMT

its interesting how many people find this amazing. This is a relative of mine, and quite the crazy person. I find it very comical that so many people are intrigued by him and his "one man work of art"

Nancy: 7th Aug 2005 - 00:06 GMT

It's amazing and Jim is a free spirited man who truly believes in the system of democracy and freedom. His passion is genuine and he’s a very interesting person to talk with. Take the time to visit with Jim when you’re up that way. He has a reason to be proud of this legacy! Good for you Jim, America needs more people like you who stand for what they believe in! God Bless You!

Rafael: It reminds me of Antoni Gaudí.

Shavona: 26th Jan 2006 - 19:42 GMT

I really think it is awesome. My Grandma and great grandma told me there was a castle up in the mountains and I didn't believe them. So in july 2003 they took me to Bishop's castle and I thought it was amazing.

PP: 11th Feb 2006 - 04:15 GMT

I was stationed in Springs back in 98 and went to see the castle with a friend (no safety rails on those stairs in the first photo back then - they just ended at the top). I am still absolutely amazed at what one man can build with his own hands. Unless things have changed, I would't take toddlers or small children unless you intend to hold them the entire time. That being said, I look forward to taking my children there when they are old enough!

C. A. Perkins: 1st Mar 2006 - 05:13 GMT

This place is truly amazing! My wife and I have been there. We were in awe of Jim Bishop's workmanship. You could easily spend hours there checking it out. You really should check it out if you ever have a chance. You won't be dissapointed! Now that we have kids, and they are older, we are excited to take them there! C.A. Loveland, CO USA

Scootr: 10th Jun 2006 - 04:20 GMT

My wife and I had the fortune of discovering Bishop's Castle via some friends in Canon City last summer while we were traveling through Colorado on our motorcycles. With no formal education, I have to say that Mr Bishop is some kind of an engineering savant. I was simply amazed at the architecture. I strongly recommend you visit if you ever have a chance and urge you to drop a few bucks in the donation bucket. There aren't too many attractions like this left in the US that don't charge you an arm and a leg just to take a peek.

Jessica: 22nd Jun 2006 - 04:11 GMT

I've lived in pueblo for some time. I make it a point to go there every summer. Mr. Bishop is awesome to talk to and always willing to answer any question. The structure itself is amazing. It changes the definition of "legacy". I wish more people knew about it and could be inspired by both the castle and the man.

Dana: 3rd Aug 2006 - 16:27 GMT

We were riding our Harleys through Colorado for 7 days and accidentally came across this castle. Jim Bishop was still working hard when we arrived and he's a very nice person. This is an amazing castle... very interesting to see. By the way, there are rails going to the stop of the castle now, with iron welding railings all around it as well. It's safer than it looks... and when this thing is finished, it'll look amazing. There is a moat being built right now too, which is what he was working on when we stopped by this past Monday (07/30/2006). I think everyone who passes by should take the time to stop and see it. Remember to donate a little cash too... it's going to a good cause.

chris: 4th Sep 2006 - 05:30 GMT

The place is cool and if your on a bike the ride is awesome, I think Jim built this castle so everyone would come and see it and he could tell everyone how he felt about the government,, If you build it, they will come

Mark: 6th Sep 2006 - 03:03 GMT

WE were there on Labor day and asked a few questions when he went into a rant . I admire his courage and willingness to stand out from the mundane. In fact , he has inspired myself into building an enormous fire pit on our 1.5 acres in Illinois . We plan to return. It is amazing.

Mikhaila: 10th Sep 2006 - 02:29 GMT

Wow, sounds wonderful and I plan to visit asap.

Jeff and Kerrie 19 Sep 2006: 20th Sep 2006 - 03:36 GMT

We heard about it today and road our Harley there with a friend, and WOW, it is a must see and explore. Our friend rented a Harley from Pikes Peak in Colorado Springs, what a ride, the castle cannot be described, nor Jims Passion who was working and voicing free speech. It is a must, but if you have children, use caution. It is open and tall and still growing, have fun take lots of photo's!

Michelle: 23rd Sep 2006 - 14:54 GMT

Been there. Taking our teenage twins today. Not particularly impressed with Jim (kind of crazy and sometimes mean), but definitely a must see...especially for Colorado natives.

vince: 24th Sep 2006 - 06:23 GMT

Amazing! I have lived in the Springs all my life and I didn't know about this treasure. We climbed to the top and looked out the dome - a little scary when the wind blows.

Kevin: 27th Sep 2006 - 21:31 GMT

Can I visit this castle in December-January period?

Scott: 2nd Oct 2006 - 19:38 GMT

Now having watched this construction project for the past 16 or 17 years, I can tell you that this is the 'mission' of a devoted individual. Whatever you think about Jim Bishop the man (really doesn't matter to him) is not important. His work will stand, probably for centuries, as a testament to working men everywhere. He is a throw back to a time when hard physical labor was something to be respected and appreciated for it's effort and end product.(Although I don't know if it will ever be finished, Jim won't ever give up on it.) A trip you should make if you are within driving distance. Think about the pyramids, mideval castles, the Roman Coliseum etc. Seriously, this is a "Moderm Marvel" of engineering. If you go, take the family, be respectful of the land and this structure, take common sense precautions and you will enjoy the visit, and never forget it.

Dammy: 29th Oct 2006 - 05:38 GMT

Kevin, You can visit in December/January, or any other month. Be prepared, however for snow, slush, ice, and lots of other winter mountain weather things. At 9000 feet, it will be cold in the winter, for sure. Boots, gloves, and warm clothes are a must, but the Castle will be open for you to see!

KEVEN CruCabur: 31st Oct 2006 - 20:40 GMT

I have been a friend to the Bishop Family for 27 years now. I have laughed and cried with them, seen them ridiculed and exhalted. I have help when I could and stood back and watched when I should. I am a better man for this association. As for the Castle it is my Mona Lisa, my muse, my American love.I can never thank the Castle builder enough for this love he has put into my life.The Castle shows me that life is always a struggle but that my own worth is shown by this Great American endeavor.JIM will never bend a knee to those that talk alot but do very little.I can honestly say no man has ever succeeded in the way Jim Bishop has as the builder of this Great American Dream Castle. Bishop Castle is a Instant-Inspirational Masterpiece of Inter-Active Artwork that is unrivaled by anything American except our own Constitution. If you have been there then your life has not yet been completed.

Pam: 2nd Nov.o6: 3rd Nov 2006 - 05:01 GMT

i spent the night @ Jim's Oct. 31 as he is my 2nd cousin. He is a wonderful man & compassionate cousin. He & his wife made me feel very welcome on my surprise visit from Indiana on my way to N.M. I drove from their house the beautiful trip up the mountain and when I reached the castle I was so blessed and entralled with the perfection and precision of Jim's workmanship and what GOD is helping him build and form his vision (GOD inspired.) I was truly excited knowing that Jim had laid and set each stone and crafted all the ironwork. I climbed the wrought iron steps up into the eco-sphere and at the very top it was windy & somewhat shaky, but I knew I could trust Jim's ironwork. My family vacationed with Jim & his family in 1964 & it was a dream & prayer answered for me when I was able to return to Co. & visit with Jim & his family in beautiful God's country and see the castle I had heard so much about! God bless!

TRENT: 7th Nov 2006 - 03:56 GMT


Paul: 10th Nov 2006 - 05:39 GMT

I just went through the castle today... it was stunning, to say the least. I wish Jim was around so I could at least congratulated him and had a little chat.

I would suggest that ANYBODY take the time to come visit.

Jim: 20th Nov 2006 - 19:53 GMT

I have visited the castle several times over the past 15 years. The castle has grown each time and it never ceases to amaze me what the determination of one man can accomplish. I had the privelige of meeting Jim Bishop during one visit to the castle. His drive and determination should be an inspiration to everyone.

Anyone that visits Southern Colorado should make it a point to see the castle. You can't be disappointed. If you live in Colorado and have not yet seen the castle, its not just the mountains that are an amazing site! See for yourself.

Jen: 26th Nov 2006 - 20:09 GMT

My family visited Bishop's Castle this Thanksgiving weekend. Our jaws literally dropped as we walked up to the castle, and it was just as breathtaking inside. We spoke briefly to Jim, who was hard at work on the wall he's building around the castle now. The castle is AMAZING, definitely worth the trip. It's nearly impossible to find anything so beautiful that's free to visit!

Glen Hepworth: 1st Dec 2006 - 00:14 GMT

November 27 2006 We took our visitors from Utah to see Bishop's Castle. They were in Awe. We met a family from Bishop's Castle England while we were there.They were touring the United States. They were amazed. They have been through many castle's and feel that Bishop's Castle is one of the wonders of the world. I agree. We always have a wonderful time when we go and see what else he has added. The Lord bless you Jim, it's unbelieveable and GREAT!

hazuse: 23rd Dec 2006 - 17:59 GMT

well done dude there a bit funny here in england about building new castles the goverment think we have enough allready but you cant have enough of a good thing. Keep up the work dude!

ProverbsMomof4: 11th Feb 2007 - 18:26 GMT

Being someone who was born and raised in Colorado, I've been to this castle multiple times. It's always a joy (and a bit scary once you get high enough). Visiting it as a child, I was anxious to bring my children there as well. I'm very proud of Jim. He not only has a heart for freedom, but he has a heart for GOD. The key that makes this castle so great. Keep up the amazing work Jim!!

K.H.: 22nd Feb 2007 - 09:18 GMT

I visited the castle a few times back when I lived in Pueblo... truly amazing. I ran into Jim Bishop there on a couple of those occasions, and he was talking about building an even bigger tower at that time (I believe for the above-mentioned anti-gov't reasons)...

Anyone know if the plans for that 250ft tower are still on? Just curious if he ever started building it, since I haven't been by there in about three years to see the changes for myself.

Jim is definitely a different breed, but demonstrates what one can accomplish with some hard work and ingenuity!

C. Marie: 1st Apr 2007 - 16:55 GMT

Being a native to Colorado, I have been to Bishops Castle several times. Every time is a new experience! It is the perfect place to go to witness a dream-in-progress! Jim Bishop - Thank you for showing me that dreams can come true!

Tino: 1st Apr 2007 - 21:40 GMT

I was in Colorado about 4 years ago and I was just looking at scenery on the road and happened to pass by a enormous castle. So I stopped by to see what all that was about and it was one of the most amazing things I've have ever seen

DG: 13th Apr 2007 - 22:31 GMT

I haven't seen this castle yet but after reading about it and what Jim has done I definitely want to plan a trip to see it. Jim's work is incredible - I would not have believed it possible for one man to build such an incredible structure. You are an inspiration!

darrell blanchard: 21st Apr 2007 - 21:29 GMT

well worth the trip, wow what a castle!!!

Kliest: 26th Apr 2007 - 20:34 GMT

I lived in Colorado City until 2006.. can anyone provide an update on how the castle is going. Last I saw Jim was working on a wall to encircle the castle. How is that going?

If you havent seen it, it is amazing. I took every person that ever visited me to see it and all were amazed.

Angela Hernandez: 14th May 2007 - 21:55 GMT

Our family is from Houston Texas, We went to Wyoming on a buisness trip with our four kids who are 4,6,8,and 10. My brother had told us about a castle he saw when in colorado and said you have to see it, It's worth the drive. So we drove from Houston tx. to Wyoming to Colorado and it was so worth it. The castle is unreal. we were so amazed my kids can't stop talking about it, they went to school and told everyone about the castle! They want to know when we can go back. This is an experience that we'll never forget, first time to see snow,beautiful mountains and a castle that we'll remember for ever! We will be back soon!

Michael Mages: 16th May 2007 - 15:44 GMT

I went to bishop castle last summer with my boy scout troop. We had a blast i thought it was the best place built with out permission but with love. He bulit the caslte as a promise to his wife and he has given me ideas of what i would like me future house to be like. thank you very much for opening you caslte to the public.

Bonnie, Everett WA: 28th May 2007 - 05:42 GMT

My husband and I motorcycled through the state around 1998 and happened across this castle. HAD to make a U-turn, park, and check it out. Way cool. I'm flying down with my dad in July this year for a memorial and plan on stopping here again to show him. It will be good to compare photographs with the ones we took in the 1990's.

Jeanine : 8th Jun 2007 - 18:16 GMT

I just moved back to Colorado with my fiance. We are both into medevil art and when we saw the castle we both fell in love with it. I hope to be holding my wedding there in the next year, It would be a beautiful place. The castle is absolutly gorgeous, and if you are at all interested in art, architecture or fantisy it is a must see.

Ali: 11th Jun 2007 - 07:18 GMT

My boyfriend came up from Texas last weekend and the castle is the first place I took him. He loved it, as does just about everybody! If you go, try to go on a weekend because Mr. Bishop is usually there. Take a few minutes to talk (or listen) to him. I guarantee you will have a blast!!

Katie: 15th Jun 2007 - 01:43 GMT

I have been there twice with my family and loved every minute of it. It is a great place to send most of the morning or afternoon.

J: 18th Jun 2007 - 04:08 GMT

I was just there today and I must say this is a master piece in the works. The hard work and drive Jim has is unthinkable and to still be hard charging at his age is great. To think that he only has 3-4 months a year to work on this, due to the weather, he is alot futher along that anyone ever expected. I just hope that when his time comes one of his sons can carry on the dream.

Christina : 29th Jun 2007 - 22:05 GMT

This castle is amazing. I first heard about it from a friend I worked with. He took me up there cause he realized how much I love castles. Hell, my whole bedroom is done in cast iron, dragons, swords, and knives. So I went up there and completely fell in love with it. I was walking through it and thought how cool would it be to live in it. I found out that that was Jims original plan, before the government said that he couldn't. What right does the government have to tell us where we can and canot live. If he owns the land, what right do they have to tell him what he can and cannot do. Keep fighting Jim. I envy your passion and strength to fight the system. Your castle is beautiful. And a great piece of art. Now that its popular I'm sure the state wants it for themselves.

The Explainer: 4th Jul 2007 - 15:14 GMT

I've actually been here and its prettey cool The drive there is really long and boring but i guess that depends on were your coming from... Its about 3 hrs away from denver

SHANNY57104: 5th Jul 2007 - 06:37 GMT

We were there last weekend. It is the most amazing thing I have ever seen. Its crazy that one man has done this all by himself. I look forward to going back in a few years to see what progress he has made.

pbcre8 and family: 6th Jul 2007 - 06:00 GMT

We were just taking the scenic route from Denver back to Texas and passed by--but did a U-turn to check it out. My boy was preschool aged, but he climbed (trembling) to the top of the highest tower. That's a memory he won't forget. Found this web page because now almost 12, he wants to go back. I went with a friend a couple of years ago. A lot of progress since our 1st visit.
Definitely hope to visit again soon!!
A definite MUST SEE.... and no 2 trips will be the same.
Thanks for making life long memories!! God bless you and yours.

sharkybill: 9th Jul 2007 - 19:16 GMT

A folly of epic proportions, and a tribute to a man who is confident in himself enough to do what he whats with his life. Structurally, a little scarey. I can't say for sure that the castle will be standing in 100 years. Way too many people scrambling over and around the castle when I visited; Jim should manage the crouds a little better.

Chris: 10th Jul 2007 - 02:15 GMT

Monday July 9th, I made a point to stop by today and view the progress. The family spent the weekend up on Greenhorn. The forest service has work ahead of them to reopen the road to the top, for there are trees blown down covering a 500' stretch, making it impassible. As for the castle:

I saw Jim down near the gift shop as we entered the castle. Unfortunately, he was not there when we came back down. There was a guest sign in book located at the entrance that I found a small corner to sign. There are two books both of which are full. Since my last visit, Jim has completed the stairs and most of the railing to the observation dome. He has begun work on the mote around the castle and the elevator is coming along. There is an added means of ascending to the third floor which is under construction. It is a vertical tram that starts at ground level on the NE corner and ascends to a platform on the third floor. All the deckwork on the second floor has been completed as well as the outside catwalks around the third floor. Currently there is no permanent connection between the sky bridge and the taller tower to the SE corner of the castle.

One thing that I noticed missing is the wood burning stove on the third floor, that makes the dragon smoke. The stove pipe inside the castle is missing the first 12' to 15'. Possible the Grinch took them to his workshop to fix them.

Over all, the castle is wonderful and should be seen by all! My kids loved it, however, I had to hang on to them constantly. My wife loved it, however, I should not have let her go to the top as she is afraid of heights. It takes her a couple of hours to get back to her normal self.

I can't wait to see the completion of the mote and wall that will surround the castle.

Until my next visit, happy building to Jim,

Bman: 14th Jul 2007 - 13:25 GMT

I went there and I am amazed that one guy built this, and it looks like it barely cost him any money!

rox2mel: 15th Jul 2007 - 15:10 GMT

I just went on vacation back to my hometown of Colorado Springs. My son and I went to see the castle and I was amazed!! It really took my breath away after I climbed BOTH towers. My sister, who is deathly afraid of heights, stayed down on the ground and took pictures of me way up at the top of the towers. I want to return next year and see how much more Jim has been able to complete on his gift to the people of Colorado.

bjdg: 20th Jul 2007 - 03:04 GMT

It looks like the state and federal government could give Jim a little recognition by at least giving him a sign on the Interstate. What a work of art.

wes & shawna byrd: 20th Jul 2007 - 16:03 GMT

My wife and kids and I went to this castle to take a look for ourselves at what everyone said was built by a crazy man, well it is truly amazing and Jim is a truly amazing man. We were able to talk for quit a little while about his thoughts on the government and his quest of building the castle. There was another guy there during some of our conversation and he stated that Jim was delusional.Well investigate what he is saying in reference to sovereignty and you will find out that he is actually very knowledgeable about what he is saying.
People are afraid of what they don't understand,but non the less any man who has done what Jim has is a special breed of man and we can all benefit from his example of what we can do if we really work hard and have a dream.
Not only is the castle a national treasure but so is jim.
Thanks Again jim for the inspiration.

wes byrd

Tom & Katt: 24th Jul 2007 - 01:14 GMT

We have been coming to the castle for many years just to see what Jim has added an another year. It is amazing what this one man has created. The other amazing thing is the Blue prints are in his Brain not on paper. We were there on July 21 2007. We will be back July 2008 to see this man's awsome creation. THANKS JIM FOR TRULY ONE OF THE WORLDS MOST INTERESTING WONDERS.

michael: 4th Aug 2007 - 00:35 GMT

I've been to the castle numerous times when I was younger...but I've not been to colorado in about 16 years or can bet I will see the castle on a visiting trip. I'm wanting to see the progress over the years...keep on building!! Thanks JIM. It's truly amazing.

Reyna in St. Paul: 9th Aug 2007 - 20:29 GMT

We stop by every couple years to see the progress Jim has made in the 12 years that we have been visiting Colorado. It is amazing and I love the gift shop.

Mark in Manitou: 13th Aug 2007 - 00:08 GMT

i live in manitou and had no idea this castle existed. we drove up today and i was floored. i've seen some things im my life, but nothing like this. i climbed up those stairs and walked around on those steel and iron walks and didnt die. if you arent impressed with this one man's accomplishment, you are not alive. current project - a stone underground dungeon that will rise 2 to 3 stories just on front of the castle close to the road, according to Jim.

Mary Lee: What exactly happened to Jim's son, Roy?

Lisa in Phoenix: 7th Sep 2007 - 22:46 GMT

My daughter wants to have her wedding at the castle in 2009. Who do we contact to arrange that?

Dennis S. in Miami: 14th Sep 2007 - 16:58 GMT

I lived out in Pueblo for about three years. I went up to the San Isabel Mountains every weekend for all that time. Jim's family is really nice and I loved visiting them often. His feat of engineering is awe inspiring and breathtaking. ay to go Jim. Keep on building.

Sue B from Colorado Springs: 24th Sep 2007 - 02:48 GMT

Last saw the castle about 10yrs ago, and alot has been added since then! It is truly AMAZING to see what one man can do if it is his heart's desire. We enjoyed talking with Jim and hearing his take on everything from George Bush to modern health care (he says he's NEVER been to a doctor!) The wind was howling, kinda scary being up on top in that weather!!

Someone asked about his son Roy, I read he was 4 yrs old when he was killed in an accident on the castle site while some trees were taken down.

Gene Underwood Chester, SC: 27th Sep 2007 - 13:55 GMT

My wife and I have been coming to Mr Bishop's Castle every chance we get since 1980. It is a truly inspiring sight to see. Amazing to see what one man with God's help can accomplish. This is the kind of man that made this country great and free.

Susan C. from Pueblo: 7th Oct 2007 - 19:16 GMT

I saw Bishop's Castle 2 weeks ago and was truly amazed at the work that Jim has done on the castle. He had to have God's help with this phenomenal work of art. The short-width steps to the middle of the structure did not take as long as I thought to climb, then walking on that wooden floor and looking at the stain glass windows had me in awe. We climbed the spiral metal stairway in the tower up almost to the dome. The wind was blowing hard and the stairway trembled a little. Jim was there working and hauling rocks with his caterpillar and I wanted to stop and talk to him, and he hesitated waiting for us to come over, but I wasn't sure he would have time to talk, but I want to go back and be able to talk to him later. My son and I plan to visit very soon, because he wants to take pictures.

Susan C. from Pueblo: 7th Oct 2007 - 19:18 GMT

Your article is wonderful. Could not have done a better job myself.

Skeletronis: 14th Oct 2007 - 17:30 GMT

I went there about 4 years ago, it was crazy awesome. I am from arkansas and that has to be the neatest thing i have ever been able to walk though. It was well worth the trip out to it.

Jack M. from Havre, MT: 2nd Nov 2007 - 03:27 GMT

I went there when I was up there training in Haz-Mat it was pretty cool every time you turn around there was something new to look at and we also me Jim Bishop he really hates the government he had some good points but I don't think I would go as far as he does but he told us that he handled every stone in the castle 3 times that has to be hard on the back I wish him well good luck Jim

Melissa: 2nd Nov 2007 - 04:53 GMT

@ Lisa in Phoenix: to book Bishop Castle as a wedding venue, call Pheobe Bishop at 719-564-4366. The castle is available for wedding ceremonies only (not receptions or private parties) and a written contract needs to be filed at the castle to hold your reservation. The suggested donation to the Bishop Castle Foundation is $250.

Kathleen from SC: 20th Nov 2007 - 17:16 GMT

My husband and I were driving home from a hunt in Nebraska. We stopped and rented a cabin for the night about 5 miles from the castle. The owner of the cabins told us we had to see Bishop's Castle. I still can't get over how amazing it is. It is so awesome that one person can have so much talent. Noone was there when we stopped. I would have loved to have met Jim. Everyone should take the time to go there.

Studio M: 10th Dec 2007 - 18:27 GMT

From the Castle's Entrance:

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Majik: 7th Jan 2008 - 23:18 GMT

This is one of the coolest and wildest things I have ever seen! Keep it up I will be back to see the progress.

niel: 27th Feb 2008 - 16:42 GMT

ive been coming to this castle ever since i was born and im 17 now ive seen this castle come up over the years and it is really quite impressive it is the only castle ive seen like it and to think that they were being nuilt centuries ago this castle ill stand for my lifetime and the coolest part about it is ive gone every year since birth and will continue going until i die my kids will see what will eventually become a national monument to all of jim bishops hard work, ive talked to this guy and he is great he has alot of good advice to offer too whether you believe it or not.

Christy: 19th Mar 2008 - 02:33 GMT

I went there once in 1985 and again in 1995. I love to see the changes every time. I can't wait to take my kids there someday. It really is an experience.

Kathy: 24th Mar 2008 - 13:53 GMT

My son, daughter-in-law- and I were just out riding around hoping to see the different wild animals in the area. My son spotted the castle and we had to stop. It was a little cold and starting to get dark, but we checked it out any way. It is the one of the coolest things I've ever seen. We plan to go back when the weather is nicer, we also ended up with a flat in front of the castle, but everything was o.k. We can't wait to go back!

nick : 27th Mar 2008 - 09:27 GMT

i talked to jim for an hour about how paying property taxes is actually paying rent to the government and how we dont own land. then sward fighted his newphew and lost. bishop castle is awesome

Boyd from Minnesota: 29th Mar 2008 - 04:44 GMT

My wife and I were at the castle on the 26th of March. We were driving the back roads to see the area and WOW, we saw this fantastic castle in the woods and had to stop. We were impressed with the imagination and sense of whimsy that is evident in the design of the castle. What a great creation! This is truly one of those sites to visit, and there is nothing advertising it. I hope to see it again.

Ed: 29th Apr 2008 - 05:13 GMT

This guy is a crackpot. Not to say that he's not talented, or that he hasn't achieved a great deal in building this castle. I saw a video on Youtube featuring this guy, and he's seriously mental. He spent part of the video babbling on like a paranoid conspiracy theorist, another part claiming he and God are on the same level, and another part crying about not getting enough attention.

Mary: 23rd May 2008 - 16:27 GMT

Jim Bishop's exact words on the YouTube video are "God and I are a team here". Go team! In my opinion most folks look outside of themselves for God, missing the direct spiritual experience Jim describes with so few words. I've been to Bishop Castle and experienced a personal miracle while there. I'm grateful to Jim Bishop for blessing this planet with his unique presence. I applaud his gigantic achievement and determination to adhere to his vision and belief system despite tremendous external pressure to conform. Bishop Castle is inspiring! A must see in Colorado!

Linda Kornilieff: 29th May 2008 - 19:19 GMT

this is the most awsome site i've ever seen.. I drove from Athen, TN to Trinidad, Colorado in July of 2007 to visit my brother. he took us to this awsome castle.. Jim biship god Bless you .. your work proves the american dream.. the kids were so amazed at the structure, the stained glass window was breath taking.. i climbed up those outside steps to a hight that truly made me dizzy.. if you are ever in colorado please, please go to this miracle place. Jim is usually there spouting off his opinions of our great country.. Keep up the work Jim you are a true American.. God Bless and i hope to come back again soon.. My brother who lives in Trinidad. was taken back by the workman ship in this castle. it truely is a work of art and proves what one man can do, given a chance. i'm glad you got to keep all those rocks too.. Good JOB

Bill & Sara from Missouri: 6th Jun 2008 - 15:42 GMT

We just returned from a 10 day trip around Colorado and I
made it a point to go see Jim's Castle. It was unbelievable, better than the pictures. We got to sit down with Jim for about 15 minutes when he was taking an infrequent break and listen to his story, he's so interesting and if you're in the area make sure you go see his castle.

Mark Sidman: 9th Jun 2008 - 17:05 GMT

Bravo Jim! I just visited your castle this last weekend with my son and grandchildren. I googled to find out more information on the history behind your castle when I returned home to Wyoming. I was very much amazed at what you have accomplished. It must be a great feeling knowing that you have accomplished something that you will be remembered for long after your lifetime. If anyone has not seen this castle, you need to make a point to visit; it truly is an amazing feat for one man. I can really appreciate the amount of work that had to be involved in all that stone work and iron work. You and your castle are a perfect example of what America was founded to be. Our founding fathers would be proud of you.! Keep up the good work.

Sara: 18th Jul 2008 - 11:27 GMT

I have actually visited the castle and i loved it !!!!!!

Gerry: 19th Jul 2008 - 14:35 GMT

The author of this article needs to get ALL of his facts straight, for the reader. Bishop's Castle is located in the WET Mountains, NOT the West Mountains. If the reader was truly interested in finding the "West Mountains," they would be looking indefinitely, as they do not exist; at least not in this location. Bishop's Castle is located in the "Wet Mountains." The easiest way to get there for those unfamiliar with the area, is to drive south of Pueblo on I-25 to the town of Colorado City; which is approximately 20 miles south of Pueblo. Take the "Colorado City-Rye" exit, which is exit #74. Proceed westbound on Colorado Highway 165, past the Lake Isabel recreation area. The castle is located on the left side of the road as you are heading westbound, or the west side of the road. Watch for the signs, and be prepared to slow down, as there is plenty of pedestrian traffic adjacent to the castle, almost any time of the year except when there is heavy snow in the area.

tyler: 20th Jul 2008 - 03:44 GMT

im a boy scout of troop 15 and we were staying at san isabel scout ranch and some of our troop went to see this,its coolio

Lori: 30th Jul 2008 - 18:21 GMT

I have recently seen some pictures of the castle from a classmate that lives in Buela. I asked her where this intersting place was and am planning a trip to come see for myself! My son is stationed at Fort Carson, getting ready for deployment soon. This will be a great trip for some family time and now something magnificant to see! I can't wait!!!

Ron from Michigan: 21st Aug 2008 - 14:12 GMT

Just visited Jim and his castle. Found him standing in the bucket of his Bobcat building an archway over his mote. The topic of the moment was "why Michael Phelps didn't deserve any gold medals"...he then went off on the government, alot of details, like he was reading it, very opinionated...on and on...and then ended by saying "God, I hope I am wrong about all this"...very nice man...let us take his picture. (Said he needed the publicity) I got all the way to the top of the highest tower with my brother-in-law, Don who lives in Col. Springs. There are still window openings that you could fall out of, by the way, but overall, truly a miraculous,, mind and castle.

jacob conner: 2nd Jan 2009 - 03:36 GMT

This castle is truly amazing,from the top you get a great view.Jim Bishop is also agreat guy.If you have'nt been here yet you should come.

George Bush: 27th Feb 2009 - 06:00 GMT

I just watched every youtube video of Jim. All I can say is this guy is nuts! That being said I can't wait to go check his castle out this summer. I cant believe I have lived in CO my whole life and never heard of this place. Has 9news never done a report on this yet? JIM if you read this your one crazy mofo cant wait to shake your hand!

Amber: 20th Mar 2009 - 04:19 GMT

Going to Bishops is a truely amazeing experience!! I have been a hand full of times, it is the number on place to take out of town guests. I don't think I could ever get sick of going to see the castle! If you live in Colorado and have not been GO.... and if you are planning a trip or live in a near by state it is a great place to sight see. It is also not too far from some other colorado hot spots. We live in Denver and we always hit bishops and then hit garden of gods, cave of the winds and such on the way back to town.

Cpt_kludge: 26th May 2009 - 18:06 GMT

Planning on visiting here in June-Realy looking forward to it:)

castle lover June 22 2009: 23rd Jun 2009 - 14:33 GMT

My husband and I went today on our 23rd wedding anniversary, have been there a couple of times. It is great. And Mr Bishop is great. Not only is the castle amazing but Mr. Bishops point of views are amazing true and any conversation with him will leave you with a whole new look on our government.

d.d. young from cooper, texas: 29th Jun 2009 - 16:01 GMT

my wife and i visited the castle, and man it is awesome. i don't know how or why he built it, but this man has a talent and a great ability. this structure still has a lot of work being done to it, and i plan on visiting as much as possible in the future, to see what happens to it. may god bless mr. jim bishop and continue to give him the strength and finances he needs to complete the castle.

mountaingeezer: 16th Jul 2009 - 04:46 GMT

mountaingeezer from Arvada, Co., 7/13 & 14, 2009: This was a destination trip to see the castle. We stayed at the Pine Lodge cabins (good water, showers, and bed). I hiked St. Charles Peak for the natural beauty 7/12, and did the outlet creek natural rock water slide 7/14 for the fun. But for sheer astonishment, the Bishop Castle was like none other (maybe the Watts Towers in LA). Like the stone masons of medieval Europe, his architecture derives from an inspirted blueprints or sophisticated tools. The arches and towers, light and shadows, the stained glass, the ornamental ironwork and its geometry...despite his beef with the government and his volatility that can ramp to a loudly indignant rant in an instant, there is a sacred essence to this structure that absolutely transcends the modest clutter (he really could use some help with the debris...). Furthermore, the visitor has virtually free reign in traveling the premises, without mandatory admission fees, guide or restriction other than common sense safety, from the base to the castle's summits. Jim Bishop is an eccentric hero, who has the courage of his convictions, who exercises his rigorous determination to build a unique symbol of freedom while keeping the inspectors and regulators from interfering. Keep on truckin', Jim ... you represent more of us than you realize.

kjsites austin, tx: 11th Sep 2009 - 14:44 GMT

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We visited Bishop's Castle this past weekend as a birthday present to myself. It was a wonderful sight. The etched glass was beautiful, the great iron work is something you don't see anymore. My lungs and my knee would not let me climb to the top but I would have loved it. The children were having so much fun. This is something everyone needs to see at least once in their life. Great accomplishment, Jim!

KC: 7th Jan 2010 - 22:33 GMT

i went to a rave there during the mid to late 90' was unbelievable! there was a little wooden cabin nearby, and some hippie lady made me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich...

Danielle: 1st Feb 2010 - 06:07 GMT

I have been here. My aunt had her wedding in this castle. This castle is gorgious. i can't wait to get up there and see it again. it was well worth the trip

larry: 26th Feb 2010 - 02:54 GMT

Where exactly is it and how do you get there? We are going to Wolf Creek for Spring Break and are wanting to drop by and see it if it is close enough as we pass through from OK.

brett: 20th Mar 2010 - 18:14 GMT

is jim still working on this project.. im going there next summer

NaYeLi RoBlEs: 16th Jun 2010 - 03:10 GMT

We went to see the castle in colorado. it was great! will what my mom told me. it was pretty dark when we went their. and when we were going to a restrant a lady told us that if we when to see the castle. we said yes. and told us that the man that build that castle was crazy. and i got really scared. i told my mom that i never want to go their agin ever ever ever agin..........

SG: 29th Jun 2010 - 14:07 GMT

My family stumbled across the castle for the first time last weekend while camping our way through CO, it truly is amazing! Mr. Bishop's point of view is radical and right on. I'm a hard core anti-big govt. American, but Jim's erratic approach startled most of the people walking around the castle. Most dismissed him for a kook, even though I knew his words were filled with truth. I wanted to chat with him, but he went off into a mad man's rant as I was walking up to him because he discovered some liter on the side of the highway. I abandoned any hopes of chatting with him at that point. I do not pretend to understand his purpose or perspective, so I will not condemn him for his methods, but it made the other visitors around me feel threatened and nervously guarded. With that said, he is an amazing builder, and I admire his passion, neither trait is common in America today as we have become a nation of fat, lazy, immoral, sluggards dependent on our government and constant entertainment.
Just my perspective, 32 yr old from Nebraska.

jon giron: 6th Jul 2010 - 06:21 GMT

i went there yesterday and jim is the fucking SHIT!! and his creation is sooooo incredibly extraordinary. like i was stunned on what one man can do whose 50years older than me and 30 pounds lighter than me haha.. will def go back soon, before summers over at least. this time im going to offer good ol' jim a beer. got a pic with him too. haha hes a fuckin CHAMP!!

JimE: 15th Jul 2010 - 01:19 GMT

Yes, this place is incredible, but I'll never give a dime to him. My daughter was there recently and witnessed him harassing some black visitors and calling them niggers to their face. Despicable.

MariLynn: 15th Jul 2010 - 21:40 GMT

I've been here 3 times and each time, I am amazed at how much progress Jim has done since the last time I was there! Yes, Jim's a little nutso, but, hay, at least he's busy and creating something for the world to marvel at! I hope to go back again one day!

Nancy C. 17 Jul 2010: 17th Jul 2010 - 23:36 GMT

Stopped there earlier today. An amazing place, especially when you consider his one man show method of construction. Climbing the towers and turrets is not for the faint of heart. Listening to Jim's rants on government isn't for those who want government to control their lives and provide for them. I can't agree with all of Jim's views, but I think Americans need to be more careful about trading their freedoms for dole and regulators. Big brother isn't kind or benevolent -- just power-hungry and selfish!!!

eeyore: 18th Jul 2010 - 21:45 GMT

a true metaphor for so much of life and the world we live in, agree or disagree with this mans life mission, one would be a fool to not be moved at the feat and wonder of his accomplishment

buddydad: 19th Jul 2010 - 01:42 GMT

went to visit with new fiance and immediatly had ideas about having a Scottish wedding in a castle, was told they do not do them any more because of drunks ruining the occasion. I agree with no drunks but would love to marry my pretty lady there! Any suggestions

pepper: 2nd Aug 2010 - 01:04 GMT

like I was saying how dare anyone to judge him for his efforts to make a peice of heaven for all of us. I commend you for your eforts, and hoe you keep up the work, God bless.

dashboardbuddah: 2nd Aug 2010 - 03:39 GMT

Just visited with my 11 year old daughter we were driving by and discovered it by accident. This place is amazing in many ways. Mr. Bishop's vision and craftsmanship and determination are destined to be the legendary.

Climbing around this place is totally different than pretty much anywhere else you go now days. Not much in the way of safety but if you aren't afraid of heights it's almost as good as an an amusement park ride. Spiraling stairways in the towers lead you to great heights with wide open windows and wobbly steel towers with not even a hand rail in sight. Better hold on on those windy days, can't imagine it with snow and ice.

Mr. Bishop was there and while I agree that this country is going the wrong way, he is a little out there for even a libertarian like me. Enjoy this little piece of freedom. I have a feeling it won't last forever.

Don't forget to share a few dollars in the donation box to keep it going. It's only money. They'll print as much as you need!

RachelAmandaReannaSeanPanic: 5th Aug 2010 - 09:12 GMT

today my friends and i were just driving through pueblo and we turned down this road which kept going and going and going. soon we start coming closer to the mountains so we decided to go all the way through them and soon we decided just togo to bishops castle i have heard of it but did not believe it. i seen it and i was AMAZED by it i was so excited and scared at the same time i really would like to take my little sisters some day

This is a very neat and cool thing Jim and you helped me keep one thing in my head and that is to never let someone tell you that you can't amount to something because everyone can and you proved that. Thanks

i am glad we can just drive out somewhere without someone telling us we cant that is why i am enjoying the freedom now that i can and i am very glad i have seen the bishops castle up close.

keep the good work up and i tried to help out with as much donations i could.

God Bless!

jackie corley 18th Sep 2010 - 08:45 GMT

was there over 33 years ago thean seen it on t.v.its amazing and i did enjoyed it all . thank you for doing this for all to see.if everone would put into life what you have done the world would be a better place because if you put everthing into it you tack care of it and not let it run one more time thank you jackie corley from vinita ok

Shawnis-Lee: 19th Dec 2010 - 19:05 GMT

I am currently residing in Massachusetts,but went to high school in Pueblo in the late 80's.I haven't seen the castle for about 15 years,but I remember driving up to Rye,San Isabel and beyond. I absolutely LOVE it there! My boyfriend,Mike,at the time brought me there for the first time and I practically lived up in those gorgeous mountains for years after.i LOOK FOWARD TO RETURNING TO BISHOP'S CASTLE WITH MY SON SOMETIME SOON!And for all of those who call Jim Bishop CRAZY...maybe you should evaluate youself!Good Luck to Jim and Phoebe and God Bless You!

Mason Alexander CruCabur: 21st Jan 2011 - 07:10 GMT

this man Is a great man. a truely great man. I've known him all my life. my dad and him were friends. this man is like a second father to me. this castle meant alot to my dad. before he died he wanted to do great things for the castle, and for jim. I haven't been there for a long time. I hope if jim reads this he'll try to contact me if he still has my mom's number. this project means alot to me, just as it did for my dad. just reading about this place reminds me of all my great memories of this place. All those who would call Jim crazy or a kook, I only have one thing to tell you... Jim is exentrice, but only because this castle is his life. it may sound sappy but as I write this I cry. Not out of weakness but out of passion. Jim has no heir, his only son is against him, I Fear for the castle's future. what will happen to it when Jim is gone? will the government tear it down? Jim, if you read this, it's me, Mason, age 17, son of Kevin Gene CruCabur, please, as a family friend, contact me. If you have my mom's number, please contact her. You're like a second father to me, part of a family I haven't had in a long time. My Father was one of your best friends, and I have no father figure in my life, please I'm practically alone. All I have is myself, my mom is no longer my mother, my family has all but abandond me. if you do contact me, say nothing. I wish not to cause turmoil.

anon ( 27th Jan 2011 - 16:42 GMT

My friend got married at this castle on 9/11/2001. It was a beautiful venue for a wedding. It was a work in progress and I am sure more has been added since I was there.

ashley bishop: 15th Jun 2011 - 18:33 GMT

I have been to the castle a couple times now throughout the past 10 years. I am now 25 years old and i plan to get married there in august of 2012! I cant wait.. my last name is actually bishop as well and im so excited for my fiance to see it! Jim and his castle rocks its def a must see!

katie: 26th Jun 2011 - 01:44 GMT

My dad and I stumbled across this truly awe inspiring creation while on a road trip through Colorado in 2004. I've never seen anything like it. My dad and I spent a while there talking to Jim and taking in all the beauty. The man was somewhat of an eccentric, which I love. It's so amazing to see people do what makes them happy. His motivation in this for whatever reason created a true piece of art and history, which will forever remain here on earth. I thank him for sharing this with whomever finds it.

Chris Muse: 24th Jul 2011 - 07:25 GMT

I am a Native of Colorado, and IMO this is an example of How Coloradoans seek to epitomize the Sacred Nature of their Mountains, their Visions.
and how the 2 can combine. I do not want to usurp any of Mr. Bishop's creativity, not relation to the Mountains or Castle, but it makes me proud to be from Colorado. This case is way off the scale of what is possible with raw Materials and a vision, a purpose, strong back, loving hands and inspiration.

Beth Sorensen: 27th Aug 2011 - 17:19 GMT

I first saw the castle in the Spring of 2001. Mr. Bishop is undoubtly an AMAZING MAN. I hope to meet him when I travel there again in October 2011. His wife has to be equally amazing to participate in his dream.

If all Americans had the conviction and courage of Jim Bishop this country would be the strongest nation on earth. GOD bless you Jim!

Jaclyn: 21st Sep 2011 - 21:34 GMT

This place is awesome and magical> I plan to get married here. Mr Bishop if only a pinch of people in this krazie world had just half the drive and compassion that you have , we would be a lot happier therefore healthier!!!!! You have created such a serene place , when I first saw this place , its like the earth stood still just for that moment in time.

Mike: 27th Oct 2011 - 17:28 GMT

I built a garden shed in my back yard and was pretty proud of it...after reading this I now feel like a lazy turd.

Glenn: 14th Mar 2012 - 21:59 GMT

Glad you're still at it. Last time I saw the castle was back in the very early 80's. I now have children and plan on taking them there this summer. Can't wait!

Regina Conner: 18th Mar 2012 - 23:45 GMT

We go everytime we go that way on vacation to see how much is done, we love it, from singer, Louisianna

mike salameno: 26th May 2012 - 03:25 GMT

ive known jim threw my dad.used to run at his shop in pueblo as a kid.if most people in the world had his desire and drive to do something.the united states would be in a better place.jim is one hell of a man

Austin Camarco: 29th Apr 2013 - 10:15 GMT

My grandpa took me here as a kid. Such a great place! One of the coolest things iv ever seen.

Gary Scott: 16th Apr 2015 - 17:52 GMT

Been there to visit this awesome place, several times. When he and his family used to have a gift shop, I purchased several shirts as I understood the profits went to help with construction. One time I visited, there were possibly 100 motorcycle people, camped out in different areas of the castle. None the less I spent an hour roaming the castle and the grounds. I am sure that in the future I will travel there again. Gary Scott

Ryan: 12th Nov 2015 - 04:21 GMT

I'm writing a paper for a graduate class on Jim and his castle. Does anyone have any information about him or why the government has tried to shut him down? Anything that may not be online will be helpful.

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