Beautiful Castles in Iowa
These are beautiful castles in Iowa. Most of these castles and castle-like structures were built using public funds and most are run as tourist attractions today open to the public. A few of these castles were built using private funds but even the privately funded castles in Iowa are tourist attractions open to the public. Some of these castles are available to be rented out for weddings, parties and special events and a couple are run as hotels and welcome overnight guests.
Castle on the Hill in Sioux City, Iowa
The Castle on the Hill was built in 1892 at a cost of $105,000 as a high school on the corners of 12th and 13th Streets and Jackson and Nebraska Streets in downtown Sioux City, Iowa. The Castle on the Hill served as a high school until 1972 and today is a public use tourist attraction in Iowa that is open for public tours and also available for weddings, dances, parties and special occasions
Eagle Point Park Castle in Dubuque
Located just north of Dubuque, Iowa in Eagle Point Park is Eagle Point Castle. The Eagle Point Castle was built in 1937 by the Great Depression era Works Progress Administration to provide jobs in the area. Great views of the Mississippi River can be seen from the top of Eagle Point Castle which a great tourist attraction in Iowa.
Castle Unicorn in Pacific Junction, Iowa
Castle Unicorn is a sprawling stone and brick castle that is run as a bed and breakfast hotel located at 57034 Deacon Road in Pacific Junction, Iowa along the shores of Pony Creek Lake. Castle Unicorn is also a very popular place for weddings and is easy to get to from Interstate 29 by taking Exit 35 and going east on Route 34 for about 1 mile and then turning left onto Deacon Road.
Dubuque County Courthouse
Located in downtown Dubuque, Iowa is the beautiful castle-like Dubuque County Courthouse building.
Salisbury Castle House in Des Moines
The Salisbury House Castle is located at 4025 Tonawanda Drive in Des Moines, Iowa. Built for cosmetic millionaire Carl weeks the Salisbury House Castle has over 42 rooms and was modeled to resemble the King of England's home in Salisbury, UK. Today Salisbury Castle is a tourist attraction open to the public for tours and also hosts concerts, special events, weddings and educational programs. Though not a hotel there are plenty of great hotels and motels located nearby in Des Moines.
Clark Tower Castle in Winterset
Located in Winterset City Park is the 25 foot high Clark Tower Castle which is really just a castle turret lookout. The Clark Tower Castle or turret was built by the Clark family in 1926 as a memorial to Caleb and Ruth Clark who were early settlers in the area.
Ida Grove Castles
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Located off Highways 175 and 59 just east of the town of Ida Grove, Iowa are the Castles of Ida Grove. Built by Byron LeRoy Godbersen the castles and turrets at Ida Grove were Byron's way of indulging his love of castles in his native state of Iowa. Byron passed away in 2003 and today the castles and turrets are run as private tourist attractions open to the public for tours.
Julian Dubuque Monument Castle
Located on a cliff above the mighty Mississippi River in the Mines of Spain State Park just south of Dubuque, Iowa is the Julian Dubuque Monument Castle. The stone turret castle was built as a memorial and to mark the grave of Julian Dubuque who was the first European to settle in Iowa.
Coal Palace Castle in Ottumwa
The Coal Palace Castle was built in 1890 in Ottumwa, Iowa as a way to generate interest in the coal mining industry in Iowa. The Coal Palace Castle was visited by two American Presidents but never caught on with the public and was demolished just two years after being built in 1892.
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