The Pythian Castle is a bit hard to find because it is almost totally surrounded by the Army National Guard Armory. The castle was built in 1912 and is primarily constructed of stone blocks quarried in Missouri. The support pillars and beams are concrete, not wood. It was created as a home for the children of deceased members of the Knights of Pythias and also housed some Knights who had fallen on hard times in their old age. Originally 58 acres, everyone worked to help support the home. Girls worked in the kitchen, boys in the farm fields. It even contains a movie theater on the second floor. The government seized the property just prior to WW II and eventually sold just the main building back to private owners.
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