Monday, December 31, 2012

Coral Castle/fruit/food part 1 of 2

David wanted to see this Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida. 
 Here is David at the entrance to Edward Leedshalnin's living quarters located on the top floor of the tiny cube of a building.  His workshop was located on the bottom floor. 
This is were he lived
Ed built this gated park all by himself.  He was 5 ft tall and weighed 100 lbs. He worked alone and it took him 20 years to build.  Using only hand tools  he cut, carved, and moved huge pieces of coral.  This rock is found throughout Florida sometimes just inches below the soil surface.

How did he do it?

To this day, no one knows how Ed created the Coral Castle. Built under the cover of night and in secret, at a time when there were no modern construction conveniences, Ed would only say that he knew "the secret of the pyramids." When he died, his secrets died with him, and to this day scientists and thinkers still debate Ed's methods.
cook stove
work tools he made from scraps and car parts
Here is the gang standing in front of a traveling palm tree.  Isn't it the neatest thing you ever saw.  We were all very impressed with this little Coral Castle (Rock Gate Park).
This is Ed's Bar-B-Que he built in the 1930's  The fire was built in the hole in the bottom. The cooking pot is the rear end housing of an old Ford.  It hangs on pulleys riding on a rail.  The food is placed in the container, which seals itself. 
Children's play yard Grotto of the Three Bears.  Chairs and beds for the three bears.
Feast of Love Table.  It is perfectly heart shaped with a heart in the center.  He could not provide fresh flowers daily so he planted this Ixora plant.  It is Ed's original plant.  It has been in place 40-50 years.  The table weighs 5,000 pounds.  They have at least one wedding there on Valentines Days and this table is in Ripley's Believe It Or Not.  

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