The Stagecoach Castle

"The Castle", at 6601 Stagecoach Road, has been a mystery since we were very young. The rumor persisted that it was built in Scotland in the middle ages and dismantled and shipped to Little Rock and reconstructed stone by stone.

I suppose the Rognruds, the prominate Little Rock family who own the castle at this writing, get a chuckle out of the stories, provided they are even aware of them.

Including the one that the castle was deserted all during the 1940s and 1950s because it was haunted and no one could live there. (It has never been abandoned.)

Or that it was the most expensive house west of the Mississippi. (Even in the 1950s, there were houses in the Heights that eclipsed the castle in value.)

The Castle was built by a Little Rock dentist, one Dr. Koch, in the early 1940s. In the late 1940s it was sold to the Waltons, who sold it in the early 1950s to the Hutsons, who lived there until 1963, when it was sold to the Rognruds, who live there now.

The mystery could have received some encouragement because in the 1950s and early 1960s the house was obscured from the highway by large cedar trees, and the house itself was covered in English ivy. Both are now gone, and so is the mystery.Read all about it HERE.

"The Castle", at 6601 Stagecoach Road, July 3, 2006