Beautiful Castles in Texas
Did you know there are castles in Texas? Presented in this article are ten castles in Texas. Some of these castles were built by wealthy individuals, some were built by municipalities to serve as jails and courthouses and a few were built for entertainment purposes to host weddings, banquets and special events as well as to serve as a hotel. Most of these castles in Texas are open to the public and welcome visitors and tourists. They are all grout tourist attractions and fun to see.
Falkenstein Castle in Burnet
Falkenstein Castle is located at 7400 Park Road 4 South in Burnet, Texas just off 281 between Burnet and Marble Falls. Falkenstein Castle was recently built beginning in 1996 by Terry and Kim Young after they traveled to King Ludwig II's Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria and to the ruins of another castle Ludwig had started to build but never finished called Falkenstein. The Young's decided to build their own Falkenstein Castle in the Texas hill country about 50 miles west of Austin and today they live in the castle and also rent it out for weddings, special events and as a movie film site.
Trube Castle in Galveston
Trube Castle is located at 1627 Sealy Street in Galveston, Texas. Built in 1890 by architect Alfred Muller for John Clement Trube and his wife Veronica Trube Castle contains 7,000 square feet spread out over 21 rooms and was built to resemble a Danish castle Trube remembered seeing as a boy in Denmark. Trube Castle remained in the Trube family until 1985 and today it is privately owned but available for tours, weddings, parties and special events.
FLDS Castle in Eldorado
The Fundamentalist Church of Latter Day Saints Castle also known as Yearning for Zion Ranch Castle is located about 4 miles northeast of Eldorado, Texas. This place was run by Warren Jeffs until he went to jail for rape in 2007 and is part of a Mormon splinter group that practices polygamy. The castle was raided by the State of Texas in 2008 to remove all children after alleged abuse problems came to light though most of the children were returned in time.
General Land Office Castle in Austin
The General Land Office Castle is located at 201 East 14th Street in Austin, Texas. Built in 1857 the castle is the oldest surviving government building in Austin and serves as the Capital Visitor Center and was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1970.
Old Red Museum Castle in Dallas
The Old Red Museum Castle is located right in the heart of downtown Dallas, Texas on the block bordered by Houston Street, Main Street, Commerce Street and JFK Memorial Plaza. Built in 1892 and known as the Old Red Courthouse Castle today the castle is a landmark museum open to the public and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Bishops Palace or Gresham's Castle in Galveston
Bishops Palace or Gresham's Castle is located at 1402 Broadway in Galveston, Texas. Built between 1887 and 1893 by architect Nicholas J. Clayton for Texas railroad magnate, lawyer and politician Walter Gresham and his wife Josephine and their 9 children Gresham's Castle was sold to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Galveston in 1923 and became a home for the bishop and was then called the Bishops Palace. The diocese opened to the castle to the public for tours in 1963 with proceeds used to fund Catholic students attending a nearby medical school. Today the Galveston Historical Foundation conducts daily tours open to the public and rents out the castle for special occasions.
Brown County Jail or Museum Castle in Brownwood
The Brown County Jail or Museum is located at 212 North Broadway in Brownwood, Texas. Built in 1903 as the county jail this impressive looking castle building served as the Brown County Jail until 1981 when a new jail was built. Today the castle is known as the Brown County Museum of History which is open to the public and run by the Brown County Historical Commission and the castle is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Shelby County Courthouse Castle in Center, Texas
The old Shelby County Courthouse Castle is located right at the center square in Center, Texas. Built in 1885 by an Irish architect to resemble an Irish castle the old Shelby County Courthouse Castle is a visitor's center for tourists open to the public today.
Austin County Jail Castle in Bellville
The old Austin County Jail Castle is located right on Main Street in the center of Bellville, Texas on the south side of the main square. The old Austin County Jail Castle is now a tourist attraction and museum. Call (979) 865-3407 for more info about tours and hours.
Medieval Times Castle in Dallas
Located at 2021 North Stemmons Freeway in Dallas next to the Marriott Hotel is the Texas edition of the popular Medieval Times Castle where visitors are treated to great entertainment based upon a medieval theme complete with jousting and sword-fights between knights and equestrian, falconry and sorcery displays all while being served a huge dinner like kings and queens. Medieval Times is great family fun and entertainment and kids love it. For more info about the show at the Dallas Medieval Times Castle call (866) 731-9313.
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