After we left the park, I decided to head to Ha Ha Tonka State Park. I've heard about the park and that there were Castle ruins at the top. I'm glad we did! This was pretty cool. Robert M. Snyder, a wealthy Kansas City businessman, first visited the site in 1903 and was so impressed that he eventually purchased more than 5,000 acres. He envisioned a private retreat with a European-style castle, with a center atrium rising three and one-half stories to a skylight. Snyder also planned an 80-foot-high water tower, greenhouses and a carriage house. Construction began in 1905 only to be halted a year later with the untimely death of Snyder in one of the state's first automobile accidents. Snyder's sons finished building their father's dream, though not quite as elaborately as originally planned. Eventually, the property was leased for use as a hotel, until tragedy struck in 1942. The entire interior was gutted by fire when sparks from a chimney ignited the roof. The carriage house burned the same day and in 1976, the water tower was burned by vandals. Today only ruins remain. ( A little bit of History for you that I copied and pasted! I cheated!) I was pretty amazed at the whole thing!
This was a carriage house
It's a lonnnnnggggggg way down...this made me a little nervous...
Walking up to the front of the Castle; looking into the basement
I would like to go back sometime and just take in the scenery and look a little at the Park itself. It was a pretty big castle too. Kinda neat...wish I had gone here sooner.