Name: Fox River Grove Castle
Location: Fox River Grove, Illinois
|Nicole, 13, from Fox River Grove,
| I have to past this castle on my
way to my grandmas. The castle I always bright with lights. Its a nice
shade of gray and is very stable looking. In the day its not very
wonderful looking but at night like I said its like looking in a hole
into a nether world of splendor. I love to castle so much when we come
home I stay awake just to see it. I'm not sure about whets in side it. I
never realized it was a real castle until now.
|F. Gardini, 50, from Atlanta Georgia,
|The Vianden Castle of Fox River Grove.
Its builder is Teddy Bettendorf, born 1899 in Vianden, Grand Duchy of
Luxembourg. He emigrated in 1916 in the midst of World War I. Teddy was
a bachelor and had a mind of his own. He bought a property on top of the
hill in Fox River Grove, built himself a shack and henceforth drove
every morning with the same train to Chicago and back in the evening. He
who lives in a hut yearns easily for a castle. Back home he had spent
his childhood and youth facing the most imposing castle ruins this side
of the Rhine River. Now he owned land on his mountain. Who could prevent
him from building his own castle? Teddy inspected the grounds he had
bought. There were enough rocks there for ten castles. Definitely no
slate and no real rocks, but boulders, actually not suitable for
building, but Teddy collected boulder after boulder from the loose
alluvial soil and embedded them with a sure hand deeply into the stiff
mortar. Later he had the idea to mass-produce building blocks using
mortar and the smaller pebble stones. He toiled every evening. He looked
his model up on postcards and photos that were sent to him from home.
The castle took twenty-eight years to build. (Extract from a forthcoming
publication: "Luxembourgers in America."
|Harold A. Miller, 62, from Spokane, Washington, USA,
| As long as I can remember this charming little
privately owned castle dominated the entrance to the town of Fox River
Grove, Illinois. I believe it was built by the owner over a period of
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