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Stokes Castle

 
 
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
1. Stokes Castle Marker
Inscription. 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 (Marker Number 59.)
 
Location.
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
2. Stokes Castle Marker
39° 29.6′ N, 117° 4.8′ W. Marker is in Austin, Nevada, in Lander County. Click for map. Marker is accessible via a graded dirt road. Marker is in this post office area: Austin NV 89310, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Austin (approx. 0.3 miles away); International Hotel (approx. 0.4 miles away); Austin City Hall (approx. 0.4 miles away); St. Augustine (approx. half a mile away); Austin Masonic and Oddfellows Hall (1867) (approx. half a mile away); The Pony Express (approx. half a mile away); Lander County Courthouse (approx. half a mile away); Austin Churches (approx. half a mile away). Click for a list of all markers in Austin.
 
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
3. Stokes Castle National Register of Historical Places
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
4. Stokes Castle Marker
Stokes Castle Historic Site
Donated to the people of Lander County in memory of Molly Flagg Magee Knudtsen
by H.W. (Wally) Trapnell
May 2005
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
5. Stokes Castle Marker
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By Karen Key, November 23, 2008
6. Stokes Castle Marker
Equipment nearby to the castle.
 
 
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