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About Bishop Castle, Colorado Springs

Bishop Castle is an "elaborate and intricate" "one-man project" named after its constructor, Jim Bishop, that has become a roadside attraction in central Colorado. The "castle" is located in south central Colorado on State Highway 165 in the Wet Mountains of Southern Colorado in the San Isabel National Forest, southwest of Pueblo, Colorado. Bishop bought the land for the site for $450, and construction on what was originally intended to be a family project to build a cottage started in 1969 when he was fifteen. After Bishop surrounded the cottage with rocks, several neighbors noted that the structure looked something like a castle. Bishop took this into consideration and soon began building his castle. According to Roadsideamerica, "for most" of the 40 years he has worked on the castle "Bishop was engaged in a running battle with Washington bureaucrats over the rocks that he used," which came from the National Forest surrounding his property. "Bishop felt that they were his for the taking, the government wanted to charge him per truckload." That dispute has been settled. In 1996, he was challenged by the local and state government over unsanctioned road signs that pointed to the site. They settled the dispute by issuing official road signs. The site has become a tourist attraction, and Roadsideamerica.com devoted a chapter to the castle and rated it “major fun” and describing it as, "one man's massive-obsessive labor of medieval fantasy construction". But it also issued a "parent's alert" warned potential visitors that Jim Bishop is “a tough-talking man with strong, extreme beliefs, and sometimes he expresses them bluntly and loudly. If you and your children want to avoid potentially offensive rants (involving politics and race), you may want to steer clear.” In the winter of 2014-15 a dispute developed over control of the castle after Jim Bishop and his wife Phoebe were both diagnosed with cancer, and David Merrill, who Jim "considered a friend" was made a trustee of Bishop Castle. According to Westword.com website, Merrill turned the site "into Castle Church — for the Redemption, according to the Custer County Clerk and Recorder’s Office". Since then, the Bishops have "spent $20,000 trying to get a clear title to Bishop Castle, and to get Merrill’s name off all paperwork."

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Bishop Castle is not one of the most important things to do in Colorado Springs like Garden Of The Gods, Pikes Peak, Cheyenne Mountain Zoo, United States Air Force Academy and National Museum Of World War Ii Aviation.

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Address: 12705 CO-165, Rye, CO 81069, USA

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  • Jim Bishop began building this magnificent structure in 1969. It is open to the public, andfree to explore, but donations are much appreciated. About 160 ft. tall, this castle is unique in design, and continues to expand. Small children MUST be accompanied by an adult due to the possible hazards of open windows and spiraling staircases. Even the slightly faint-of-heart will appreciate walking on the open air metal floors. Thanks for all the hard work Jim!

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  • This place is amazing and I recommend it to everyone! Take the scenic bypass to get there too! It's about the same drive time from CO Springs as I95 but much prettier of a drive! We spent about 3 hours at the castle so plan this as a day trip. If you're afraid of heights then this may not be for you, but it's so much fun climbing through the castle and a truly magical place.

  • A must-see fantastic piece of art work. It has become a bit of a tourist side-show in the last few years, but remains and outstanding example of what one man can do when he sets his mind to it. Always interesting to see what has been added lately!

  • One of the best sights in Colorado! If you've never been I highly suggest going as soon as possible. The castle is fully under construction so it's always changing, it's real cool to be able to watch Mr Bishop's progress.

  • One of a kind structure. Anyone of any age will enjoy Bishop Castle. Nice gift shop and beautiful stained glass windows inside the castle.

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