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Stokes Castle, Austin

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Stokes Castle is a three-story stone tower located just outside Austin, Nevada. It was built by Anson Phelps Stokes, a mine developer, railroad magnate, and banker. Intending the building as a summer home, Stokes began building the castle in 1896, completing it in 1897.The castle is patterned after a tower that Stokes had seen and admired in the Roman Campagna in Italy. The castle is built of hand-hewn native granite, and the huge stones were hoisted into place with a hand winch and held in place with rock wedging and clay mortar. The kitchen and dining room were on the first floor, while the second floor contained the living room and the third floor housed two bedrooms. Each of the floors had a fireplace, and the second and third floors each had a balcony. The roof had a battlemented terrace.The family only occupied the Stokes Castle for a short time. The family traveled west in June 1897 with friends and spent about a month in the castle. They spent a few more days in October 1897. They returned in the summer of 1898, but they sold their mine, the milling equipment, and the castle, and never returned to the town.Eventually, the castle fell into disrepair until Molly Magee Knudsen, a cousin of Stokes, bought the castle in 1956. The tower was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003. The "Castle" is currently owned by HW Trapnell of Austin, NV and Dunsmuir, CA.
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  • Standing out on the point with Reese River Valley spread out below you. The sunset viewing is spectacular!  more »
  • Take the time to drive the short distance to Stokes Castle. The story is interesting, and the views are lovely. It's hard to imagine anyone thinking this was a good idea, but fascinating that it has l...  more »
  • Stokes Castle has attracted me back to visit Austin for decades. Built in the late 1890s by a mining and railroad magnate as a summer home, it saw scant use before the family sold their mines and now ...  more »
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  • Interesting but not exactly fascinating. The drive up on the dirt road is easy and the view is decent. There is a picnic table and fire ring near the castle so this place might be really fun for an evening campfire.
  • Very cool building, in an amazing location. Road is dirt; steep, but an RV can handle it if you go slow. Wonderful panoramic views. Bring your camera; overlooks the Great Basin.
  • Just a cool, unique building along Hwy 50. Great place to stop and have a picnic. Great view of the valley west of Austin.
  • A castle in the middle of nowhere - pretty cool! Other than the castle there's not much to see, and it's fenced off due to vandals... thanks fellow citizens...
  • Such a cool place... Really.

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