Most People Don’t Know The Story Behind Nevada’s Forgotten Castle

Nevada’s forgotten castle—Stokes Castle—is a three-story stone tower built on the hillside near the living ghost town of Austin. Conceived and constructed by mine developer, banker, and railroad magnate Anson Phelps Stokes as a summer home, construction began in 1896 and was completed the following year. After being abandoned by Stokes and falling into disrepair, this forgotten castle still stands today, a monument to times past.

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Stokes Castle is a stark reminder of Nevada’s mining heyday history. Once a majestic structure, this tower has become little more than a tourist attraction and, sadly, the Silver State’s forgotten castle. Have you visited Austin and seen Stokes Castle firsthand? Please share your experiences below.