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Not all megalithic sites on Earth are ancient. Ed Leedskalnin was an eccentric Latvian immigrant to the United States and amateur sculptor who single-handedly built the monument site known as Coral Castle in Florida.

He was also known for his unusual theories on magnetism. At the age of 26, he was engaged to marry Agnes Scuffs, a girl ten years younger. However, the girl that Leedskalnin referred to as his "Sweet Sixteen" broke the engagement the night before their wedding. Several years later he immigrated to North America where he found work in lumber camps in Canada, California, and Texas. After contracting a case of tuberculosis Leedskalnin moved to the warmer climate of Florida around 1919, where he purchased a small piece of land.

Over the next 20 years he constructed and lived within a massive coral monument he called Rock Gate Park, dedicated to the girl who had left him years before. Working alone at night, Leedskalnin quarried and sculpted over 1,100 tons of coral into a monument that would later be known as Coral Castle. Located in Homestead, Florida Coral Castle is one of the most amazing structures ever built. In terms of accomplishment it has been compared to Stonehenge, ancient Greek temples, and even the great pyramids of Egypt.

It is truly amazing – some say miraculous – because it was quarried, fashioned, transported, and constructed by one man who was 5-feet tall and weighed only 100 pounds.

The Nine-ton Gate on the property is a testament to Leedskalnin's genius (bottom photo on left). The gate, originally used as a turnstile, is perfectly mounted and balanced so that a child can open it with the touch of a finger – a remarkable achievement considering its size and weight.

The gate is approximately 80 inches wide by 92 inches tall and is 21 inches thick, and fits within a quarter of an inch of the walls on both sides.

The mystery of the Nine-ton Gate has been documented on numerous television shows and in a variety of print publications. In 1986 a team of engineers was brought in for consultation. In order to remove the gate, six men and a 50-ton crane were utilized.

Leedskalnin often spoke of having learned the secrets of the pyramids, and having found out how the Egyptians and the ancient builders in Peru, Yucatan and Asia, with only primitive tools, raised and set in place blocks of stone weighing many tons. Leedskalnin gave polite, but cryptic answers to visitor's questions regarding his construction methods, which to this day remain a mystery.

Did Ed Leedskalnin rediscover the secrets to the building of the pyramids, of levitation, of anti-gravity? His amazing Coral Castle may hold clues to long-lost powers. 

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Originally posted 2017-12-18 00:27:34.