Have you ever visited the Coral Castle in Homestead, Florida? It’s a huge structure that’s been sculpted over 1,100 tons of coral rock, and it was built without the use of heavy machinery. In fact, it was built singlehandedly, and that builder was Ed Leedskalnin.
So who is Ed Leedskalnin? He was born in Latvia in 1887. He was 26 years old when he was engaged to his one true love, Agnes Scuffs. Unfortunately, Agnes had a change of heart, and she canceled the wedding just a day before.
In his grief, he crossed the Atlantic, and he eventually ended up in Florida in 1918. He stayed in Florida City until 1936, when he then moved to Homestead which was 10 miles away.
Ed was a small man who was only 5 feet tall, and he only weighed about a hundred pounds. But he did come from a family of stone masons, and he also worked in limber camps.
Thus, he was able to build his Coral Palace. In fact, when he moved to Homestead he was able to move his carvings to his new home, though it took 4 years. He even erected coral walls that weighed 125 pounds per cubic foot. Each wall section is 8 feet tall, 4 feet wide, and 3 feet thick and they weighed at last 58 tons.
Ed was asked repeatedly about his method of moving his coral blocks. But he only answered that he was aware of the laws of leverage and weight even though he only had a 4th-grade education. In addition, he even built an AC current generator, and that’s still on display today.
“I was so fascinated with Ed and Coral Castle. I’ve studied and researched theories on how he built such an amazing feat by himself.” – Scott M., freshcoatpaintinghawaii.com
No one knows for sure how he built his coral castle, and his accomplishment continues to perplex scientists and engineers. His creation has that same air of mystery as the Egyptian pyramids and Stonehenge, and it’s certainly worth a visit.