Stokes Castle

Stokes Castle (HM9DE)

Location: Austin, NV 89310 Lander County
Country: United States of America

N 39° 29.6', W 117° 4.8'

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Started in the fall of 1896 and completed in June, 1897, by Ansom 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 men who built it and to those who helped develop the mines of Austin.

State Historical Marker No. 59
Nevada State Park System
Austin Chamber of Commerce
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Marker Number59
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Date Added Wednesday, September 3rd, 2014 at 11:43am PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 493121 N 4371527
Decimal Degrees39.49333333, -117.08000000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 39° 29.6', W 117° 4.8'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds39° 29' 36.00" N, 117° 4' 48.00" W
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Area Code(s)775
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 615 Forest Rd 43241, Austin NV 89310, US
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