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“Wierd!” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Mystery Castle

Mystery Castle
800 East Mineral Road, Phoenix, AZ 85040 (South Mountain)
602-268-1581
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Ranked #39 of 94 Attractions in Phoenix
Type: Castles, Mysterious Sites, Landmarks
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Owner description: Built by a father to realize his daughter's dream, this three-story castle, completed in 1945, is made of stone, adobe, automobile parts and petroglyphs and is held together by a cement mixture including goat's milk. Take a tour - usually led by the daughter, who still lives there - of this odd, yet imaginative dwelling.
Scottsdale, Arizona
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10 helpful votes 10 helpful votes
“Wierd!”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 27, 2012

Really interesting - a MUST DO for locals & tourists! Full of history of the man that built this quirky place - It's a Mystery!

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Provo, Utah, United States
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“Go out of your way to see this”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 11, 2012

Reduce, reuse, recycle - they've got that down. This place is eclectic and fun. It's interesting to see how pieces of junk, broken glass or pottery, dead cactus or whatever was thought about and then placed into the life of this crazy house. We went in the winter and it was a bit windy but it was better than braving the heat of summer although I'll bet the house is cool in some places. It's one of those "off-the-beaten-path" kind of places many would enjoy and remember.

Visited March 2012
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Whitefish, Montana
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“Quirky and Enjoyable”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 25, 2012

Wonderful for those who enjoy off-the-beaten-path, quirky attractions.

Follow 7th Street south until it ends at a rotary.
Small sign points you to the left.

If you have a fear of port-a-potties, then you'll want to take care of business before you get here. Though, as they claim, the port-a-potty was extremely clean.

Visited October 2012
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Bellevue, Washington
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“Worth the ten bucks”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 17, 2012

We enjoyed seeing the mystery castle and some of the history it contains. It is an interesting look a unique home built with recycled items and has a lot of character to it. Definitely worth seeing if you are in the Phoenix area.

Visited October 2012
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Phoenix, Arizona, United States
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“Recycling at it's best”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 6, 2012

The entire house was built from discarded items and the daughter still lives there. The tour is interesting and you can see the rock formation of a lion on South Mountain as you exit.

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