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Bannerman Castle - Pollepel Island, New York

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Bannerman Castle's owner, Francis Bannerman VI, built the structure as storage space after buying the American military surplus from the war with the Spanish. After 200 lbs. of ammunition exploded in 1920, much of the castle was destroyed and the rest abandoned. (

Ok. That's according to Distractify. But that's not quite how the story of this place goes. For more about this castle and the Bannerman family, go to this link:


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This castle says two things to me. One, there is always money to be made in the materials of war. And two, the obscenely rich have never been frugal when it comes to displaying their wealth for their own personal pleasure.

And now knowing what it takes to get to that train station, we also now know why the station has its name.


A bit "airy", no? Not the typical frugal Scotsman, this Bannerman, er, Macdonald - most people would build something a tad more "plain" to store second hand munitions. Oh Gayle, have you done your Google satellite survey yet? Check out the nearest train "station" just southeast of the island - Breakneck Ridge :-D No parking, no ticket machines, no buildings. Metro North writes: "Breakneck Ridge is a stop primarily for hikers. To get to the station take 9W north to Route 403. Travel about 2 miles on Route 403 to 9D north. Take 9D north for 6.6 miles. You must walk up a hill and over an overpass to get to the platforms." What then? Wave a red lantern to get the train to stop?!? Sounds as dangerous as the island! Pat? You still there? Great idea for the puzzle! And a great story. Anyone who wants the eagle view of this, paste 41.455464,-73.988907 into Google (and select satellite view).


"...Almost all of it was done without professional help from architects, engineers and contractors." Sounds kinda unstable to me. "NOTE: Do not attempt to visit Bannerman Island. At this point it is a very treacherous combination of buried hazards and dangerous wall conditions." I think I'll stay away, but nice puzzle.