Started in the fall of 1896 and completed in June, 1897, by Anson Phelps Stokes, mine developer, railroad magnate and member
of a prominent eastern family, as a summer home for his sons, principally J.G. Phelps. After the castle (or the tower, as the Stokes
family always referred to it) was completed, it was used by the family for one brief period in June and July, 1897. Since then, with
one possible exception, the structure has remained unoccupied.
Stokes Castle is made of native granite, hewn and put in place by the ancestors of people still living in Austin. The huge stones were
raised with a hand winch and held in position by rock wedging and clay mortar. The architectural model for the castle was a
medieval tower Anson Stokes had seen and admired on an Italian campagna, near Rome. It originally had three floors, each with a
fireplace, plate glass view windows, balconies on the second and third floors, and a battlemented terrace on the roof. It had
plumbing very adequate for the times and was sumptuously furnished.
The structure stands as an abiding monument to the local men who built it and to those who helped develop the mines of Austin.
Nevada Historical Marker No. 59" Text from the Historical Marker
The United States is one of the most diverse countries on earth, jam packed full of amazing sights from St. Patrick's cathedral in New York to Mount Hollywood California.The Northeast region is where it all started. Thirteen British colonies fought the American Revolution from here and won their independence in the first successful colonial rebellion in history. Take a look at these rolling hills carpeted with foliage along the Hudson river here, north of New York City.The American south is known for its polite people and slow pace of life. Probably they move slowly because it's so hot. Southerners tend not to trust people from "up north" because they talk too fast. Here's a cemetery in Georgia where you can find graves of soldiers from the Civil War.The West Coast is sort of like another country that exists to make the east coast jealous. California is full of nothing but grizzly old miners digging for gold, a few gangster rappers, and then actors. That is to say, the West Coast functions as the imagination of the US, like a weird little brother who teases everybody then gets famous for making freaky art.The central part of the country is flat farmland all the way over to the Rocky Mountains. Up in the northwest corner you can find creative people in places like Portland and Seattle, along with awesome snowboarding and good beer. Text by Steve Smith.