Castle Island

 Old 40 Highway
Junction City, Kansas 
(785) 238-3066

at private home
free, but call for appointment

Kracht's Castle - Junction City
Gargoyle at Kracht Castle
Kracht's Castle and Palace
The "palace" at left, "castle" at right. Notice the old aqueduct in the right foreground.

Junction City's most fascinating attraction is in the back yard of Don and Glenda Kracht. For 15 years, Don has been building a castle and moat in his backyard. It is still a couple of years away from being finished, but it is quite impressive. There are bridges, turrets, a bell tower, fireplace, hot tub, waterfall, fountains, cannons and a dungeon. There is even more than you see in these photos. Much of the stone came from a home that was built from local limestone in the 1920s. 

Don & Glenda Krache welcome visitors to their castle by appointment. It is even used for an occasional wedding and Don fires one of the cannons at the end. But contact them in advance of coming this is at their home.

I think that Don must like to move from one project to the next. There are several areas of the Kracht Castle where work is currently being done. He has more time to spend on the project now, since he has retired from being a math teacher in Junction City.

Kracht Castle Moat and bridge
One of the three bridges over the moat. A fourth bridge is planed.

Don Kracht in bell tower
Don Kracht with a bell pull in the bell tower.

Den with fireplace in the palace. There are many little gathering places around the complex.

Don Kracht

Kracht's Castle waterfall
Closer view of part of the waterfall from the center of the photo above.

Kracht's Castle courtyard
View of the front courtyard from the main tower.

Cannons at Castle Kracht
Notice the two cannons near the top of the tower. Don
fires them on special occasions.

This stretch near the back of Kracht's Castle
particularly reminds me of some castles in Europe.

Kracht's Castle stage
This will be a stage with seating on this side of the moat.

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