For more than 40 years, Jim Bishop has been constructing his castle, his way, with his own two calloused hands 40 miles southwest of Pueblo in the San Isabel National Forest. Bishop is well known for his outspoken frankness about, well, all manner of things. You too can behold the wondrous madness of Jim Bishop in this mini documentary made by Colorado College alum Dakin Henderson with assistance from former KRCC intern Kate Dawson. Special thanks to Matt Barton for the find.

WARNING! The above video contains language and ideas that some may find objectionable.

 

8 Responses to Jim Bishop Uncensored

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    Thank You Jim, for our visit yesterday. My grandkids were blown away…as I have been for the last 30 years or so that we have been friends. You are, sir. THE MAN! The last American HERO!
    Robert

  2. Nasya says:

    Amazing !!!! Amazing !!!!

  3. Mary Heimerman says:

    Agree or disagree, a fighter like Jim gives me hope for the world.

  4. Maude says:

    no wonder he’s built this castle single-handedly…the man has a lot of energy.

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  6. January says:

    Like Mr. Henderson, I have visited Bishop’s Castle several times since 1980. Jim Bishop hs never failed to stand up for his/our rights and continuously build his dream, even during times when the authorities and others defied him. KUDOS to this amazing family for going against the norm and proving that in America, citizens have the rights and abilities to live the way they want to. For those of you who haven’t seen the castle, you don’t want to miss this amazing landmark!

  7. Jeremy Van Hoy says:

    Gaudi- esque!

  8. Mike Procell says:

    Truly a monument to one man’s passion and obsession rolled into a sort of “fuck you world” sentiment. I too have been following the adventures of Jim Bishop since my arrival in Colorado in 1980. His castle should definitely be a required stop on any Southern Colorado tour. One tip if you go: don’t ask to see the building permit (or do, if you like lots of colorful conversation).

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