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

  1. http://www.warbirdcentral.com/images/other_works/jim_bishop.jpg

    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.

  5. […] This post was mentioned on Twitter by Jenny Montague, KRCC. KRCC said: Jim Bishop Uncensored: http://bit.ly/hlL4A0 […]

  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).

News

NPR
May 30, 2016 | NPR · Charles Cavell spent decades fighting for VA compensation, even after he and others — who had been sworn to secrecy by the U.S. military — helped bring the testing program to light. He was 89.
 

AP
May 30, 2016 | NPR · Local and federal authorities worked together to rescue Alan Pulido, who plays for the Greek soccer club Olympiakos.
 

May 30, 2016 | NPR · The drive to enter Fallujah began at dawn, with air support from the U.S.-led coalition. Aid groups report that thousands of civilians are trapped in the city.
 

Arts & Life

May 30, 2016 | NPR · The remake of the seminal TV miniseries begins on the History channel Monday night. Co-producer LeVar Burton says he recognized an opportunity to retell the story “to and for a new generation.”
 

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Rolling the R’s tells the stories of restless teenagers in the disco era in a gritty neighborhood in Hawaii. Author R. Zamora Linmark discusses the book’s impact, 20 years after it first came out.
 

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Heather Shumaker and Stephanie Land are two parenting writers with different ideas about how class and conventional wisdom shape the modern view of parenting.
 

Music

May 29, 2016 | NPR · Each year the Library of Congress adds certain sound recordings as national treasures. Curator of Recorded Sound Matthew Barton explains the cultural significance of this year’s selections.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 29, 2016 | NPR · The British songwriter began her career in 1999 with an album that was a breakout success. Years later, she says she looks on that younger version of herself with the protectiveness of a big sister.
 

Courtesy of the artist
May 29, 2016 | NPR · A classically trained cellist with songs rooted in Haitian folk, McCalla embraces the intersections of art and history in her work. Her new album is A Day for the Hunter, a Day for the Prey.
 

Get the KRCC iPhone App

The Writer's Almanac

Radiolab