Mystery Castle is located in the city of Phoenix, Arizona, in the foothills of
South Mountain Park. It was built in the 1930s by Boyce Luther Gulley for
his daughter Mary Lou Gulley. After learning he had tuberculosis, Gulley
moved from Seattle to the Phoenix area and began building the house from
materials found in the desert. Boyce Gulley died in 1945, and Mary Lou and
her mother were notified by attorney that they had inherited the property.
Shortly after, the mother and daughter moved in.
|Said to be held together by a combination of mortar, cement, calcium, and goat milk, the sprawling 18-room, three
story castle is built from a wide range of materials — stone, adobe, automobile parts, salvaged rail tracks from a mine,
telephone poles, etc. It features a chapel, cantina, and a dungeon. Parts of the castle remain unfinished, and electricity
and plumbing weren't added until 1992. As the housing boom progressed in Phoenix, new development encroached
close to the castle and its grounds, making it far less isolated.
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