Those notes became Castles of Colorado: Scandals, Hauntings, and Tales of the Past, a mixture of guidebook and history book chronicling the fascinating stories behind twenty Colorado castles. I think it uncovers how incredible people can be when they get together, Westerberg says. The Ice Palace, which really was a castle it had all the accoutrements, and it was crenellated and made like stone -- was built in 36 days by the whole town of Leadville. They were just saving their butts. They all got together, and it changed the tenor of everything; they were in a big depression because of the silver strike.
Then there are the tales of local hero John Brisbane Walker -- the man behind Red Rocks Amphitheatre and the person who gave the Jesuits land to build Regis University -- and the three castles he built, all of which were rendered uninhabitable by fire. Want to hear more? Stop by the Highlands Ranch Tattered Cover, 9315 Dorchester Street, tonight at 7:30 p.m. when Westerberg signs Castles of Colorado. Visit www.tatteredcover.com or call 303-470-7050 for information.
Sat., July 12, 3 p.m., 2008