Wednesday, April 13, 2011
Edward Leedskalnin’s Coral Castle
Edward Leedskalnin was an eccentric Latvian emigrant who moved to North America several years after his fiancée broke their engagement the night before their wedding. He eventually moved to Florida around 1920 after working odd jobs in the lumber industry in both Canada and the US. Over the next 20 years he constructed and lived within a massive coral monument. Working alone at night, he quarried and carved over 1000 tons of coral, some as heavy as 30 tons with no outside assistance or large machinery. He was just over 5 feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds. His construction methods remain a mystery to this day.
Despite having a grade 4 education, Leedskalnin wrote 5 pamphlets during his lifetime, 4 of which addressed his theories on magnetism and electricity and their interaction with the human body.