At the age of 15, Jim Bishop dropped out of high school after being told he would "never amount to anything."
With the help of his parents Jim saved up and bought himself a two and a half acre plot of land in rural Colorado, planning to hunt and live on it. A frontier spirit, when Jim decided it was time for him and his wife to get a house, he figured he would build it himself. What started as a one room stone cottage would soon grow to astounding proportions: it may be the largest one-man architecture project in the world.
Today the frontier fortress reaches over 16 stories high, has three large cathedral windows, wrought iron walkways and a steel fire-breathing dragon. Today Jim Bishop is 63 and is still building. It is unlikely he will stop anytime soon.
In his own words: "Everything just seems to work, What's real neat about not having blueprints is that if you make a mistake, you call it art."
The castle is part of a non-profit organization. This free attraction is open 24 hours a day, seven days a week, year-round. A gift shop is open Monday - Saturday from 10 am-6 p.m.