How Did One Man Build The Coral Castle Alone?

By Karen Harris
Coral Castle (Photo by Hoberman Collection/UIG via Getty Images)

In Florida’s Miami-Dade County, there sits an unusual structure known as the Coral Castle. The building, comprised entirely of blocks of stone weighing several tons each, was built by one man who worked alone, often at night, without using heavy cranes. A group of teenage boys spying on him once reported that he levitated the stones into place. The builder himself, an eccentric Latvian-American named Edward Leedskalnin, even claimed to have used magnets to get the job done. So what is the secret of the Coral Castle’s construction? What is the story behind this odd tourist attraction?