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Rubel Castle, Glendora

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Landmark · Hidden Gem · Tourist Spot
Rubel Castle (also known as Rubelia), was established in Glendora, California, by Michael Clarke Rubel (April 16, 1940 – October 15, 2007), and is currently owned and operated by the Glendora Historical Society. It has been called "a San Gabriel Valley version of Watts Towers."
Rubel purchased a 1.7 acre citrus orchard on which the structure resides in 1959. He and his friends completed construction in 1986. Rubelia could be thought of as the first major recycling project in the United States.
Rubel Castle was constructed partly out of concrete but also out of scrap steel, rocks, bedsprings, coat hangers, bottles, and other repurposed materials that Rubel salvaged from the neighborhood as ranches and barns were giving way to tract houses.

Chickens and other animals are frequently sighted.
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  • What a great tour. Great underappreciated experience. Excellent national area. Docents are right on.  more »
  • It would be impossible to attempt an accurate description of this place but we were amazed with everything once we walked through the gates. Everywhere you look there is something to enjoy, it's...  more »
  • Outstanding history lesson. Learned lots. Excellent docents. Be prepared to be amazed. A good place for learning about little known history and have fun at the same time.
  • I will be returning for another visit. The description doesn't do it justice. The tour was so much more than I thought it would be

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