Ida Grove, Iowa: Castles of Ida Grove
Castles of Ida Grove
Byron LeRoy Godbersen, the most powerful man in Ida Grove, built castles all over town -- and had his employees build a half-scale replica of the H.M.S. Bounty as well. Roadsideamerica.com Report...
Visitor Tips and News About Castles of Ida Grove
This was a complete waste of time. The pictures on the website are very misleading. The "castles" are storefronts that are run down and a lot smaller than they appear online. The best buildings are on a private golf course that you cannot get to.[Trish, 07/26/2016]
Byron Godbersen, the wealthy castle-builder of Ida Grove, died in 2003. His taste in expensive medieval architecture has not been sustained by the rest of the town. Maybe they view it as a renaissance.
Castles, Pizza Hut Island, Replica HMS Bounty
Pizza Hut is still there, and the castle buildings are something to see. There's a private property with a lake on the east end of town, which contains a replica of the HMS Bounty. Main street businesses closed on Sundays.[Kristen Nash, 11/04/2007]
Another castle building.[Sparx, 12/19/2001]
More of the feudal style of castle-crazed Ida Grove.
Castles, Pizza Hut Island
The town of Ida Grove has a lot of buildings built that look like castles. They were supposedly all built by, or for, a fellow named Byron Godbersen, who founded GOMACO, a company there that makes road building equipment.
Also, I believe it was Ida Grove that used to have a Pizza Hut which was located on an island in the middle of a small lake or pond.[Don Fraysier, 10/18/1998]