Leaving Antonito, Colorado, it is not hard to see two gleaming towers off to the east, the sun glistening off silver spires made out of hub caps, flattened beer cans, wire, window casements and whatever other metal comes into the hands of it’s builder.

You drive a few blocks to the east, off the main highway, and, in a residential neighborhood, you come to a street corner lot full of temples created by a Vietnam vet who grew up in this area and came back after the war to deal with demons.

Dominic Espinosa, who prefers to be called ” Cano”, lives nearby the castle, in a little trailer, and tends his garden, living off the land as he did when he was a kid with eleven brothers and sisters, his mother a cafeteria worker at a local school. There are interviews where he explains that ” Jesus lives in the castle, ” and that ” God built it. ”

Besides Jesus there are two crossed arrows at the entry to the yard that warn that alcohol and tobacco are poison, but marijuana is an answer to many things. 

It is normal to wonder why people do the things they do, but the fact that one man would so consistently pursue a goal most others would label eccentric, causes me to think about personal obsessions.

On a personal level, Scotttreks not far from Cano’s castle.

 

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