How the huge mysterious creations in stone – called “The Coral Castle of Florida” or “Rock Gate Part” – were built is stillbaffling engineers and scientists from many lands.
With the death of their creator on Dec. 7, 1951, Ed Leedskalnin
, themystery of the construction of this Coral Castle and the perfectly balanced rock gates moves each year further back intothe shadows of a knowledge gone for many thousands of years, just as legends about this amazing little stonemasonfrom Latvia are increasing. The favorite story of these is that he was jilted by his “Sweet Sixteen” on the eve of theirmarriage and he built his works of genius out of his frustration.Whatever the reason, Ed proved for all the world to see today, that he knew the construction secrets of the ancients. Hequarried and moved into place, alone and without modern machinery, rocks weighing three times the largest blocks inthe Great Pyramid. In all, he cut and put into place over 1000 tons of rock, the greatest achievement in all history by oneman.Yet, except for the vision and understanding of one man even this proof would have been lost to the world.The more this man studied the massive work of the little immigrant, the more convinced he became that here is one of the great Wonders of the World, ranking with the Pyramids of Egypt, with Stonehenge in England, with the fabulousTemple of Jupiter and Baalbek near Damascus in Syria, with the giant mysteries in stone on Easter Island.Ed proved, by his own work, that he had the engineering knowledge of moving huge blocks of stone that has eludedbuilders since the days of Ancient Egypt.
So Julius Levin stepped in to save Ed’s Coral Castle and Rock Gate Park frombeing broken up for building rock and from becoming a night club rendezvous.
When Ed Leedskalnin died on Dec. 7, 1951, in a Miami hospital, his Coral Castle and his strange stone garden were leftwide open to vandals and to mischievous boys. His living quarters were ransacked, his shrubbery dug up, everything thatwas movable was taking before several neighbors and friends, headed by
, moved in to save what was left.The search for notes and papers went on. Nothing was ever found or revealed as to how Ed did his amazing feats of construction. He left some notes and several published bits of writings – on electrical and cosmic theories and onphilosophy – but not one word about his greatest achievement in stone, neither did he ever tell or show to anyone howhe did his work.In the search for heirs, a priest turned up a nephew,
, in Grand Rapids, Michigan. A court strugglebegan to clear title to the property. Finally, the nephew obtained title, through the untiring efforts of
, a former Mayor of Coral Gables, Florida. The present owner came forward, along with a night cluboperator and several others, to buy the ten-acre Rock Gate Park and Coral Castle. Julius Levin was successful in January,1953, and he immediately dedicated himself to the task of restoring Coral Castle Park, which is 25 miles south of Miamion U.S. 1, as Ed wanted it – and then opening the Park to the public.This is the story of Ed, his work and his struggles to make that Park what it is today. Ed knew he was creating somethinggreat – and he did.All who visit within the massive walls of the Park, enter the Coral Castle, or open – with their little finger – the perfectlybalanced ten-ton rock gate are thoroughly convinced they have seen one of the greatest Wonders of the World.