Castle Warden, St Augustine, Florida

 
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St Augustine, Florida is also where Castle Warden was built in 1887 as a winter home for William Warden.

Pulitzer-Prize winning novelist, Marjorie Kinnan Rawlings later purchased it and turned into a popular, fashionable hotel. A frequent visitor, Robert Ripley, tried to purchase the building, unsuccessfully. He felt the building would be perfect to house his unusual collection of oddities from his travels around the world.

After his death in 1949, Ripley's heirs made a successful bid for Castle Warden and opened the first Ripley's Believe it or NOT! museum in December, 1950.

I intentionally altered this image to resemble the 40's style tinted images we're familiar with from Ripley's newspaper drawings. Enjoy

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Lived in back of the castel

paula johnson - Oct 30, 2012 07:35 PM EDT
When I was six years old my daddy managed ripleys. We lived in back.of the castel. I loved the place. The horse and carraige drivers use to drop the people off and I would share their lunch.
azkul - Dec 16, 2010 01:35 PM EDT
This castle looks really cool, and with the addition of the Ripley's stuff, it would be a great place to visit. I need to get back to Florida to check some of this stuff out!
Guest - Apr 14, 2007 11:05 PM EDT
Thank you, Don. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Vicki
Guest - Apr 14, 2007 02:02 PM EDT
Very pretty capture vicki! I like the way you presented it. Cool stuff! Don
Guest - Apr 14, 2007 09:35 AM EDT
Thank you, Lorraine and Beverly. It's a bit different, but seemed appropriate. Vicki
Guest - Apr 14, 2007 09:02 AM EDT
Nice image - nice effect.
Guest - Apr 13, 2007 11:08 PM EDT
great image.
Guest - Apr 13, 2007 10:41 PM EDT
I'm glad you liked it, Carol. V
Guest - Apr 13, 2007 04:49 PM EDT
WOW!! very nice effects,great job.

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