America's Castles: The Coal Barons The 19th century saw a dramatic increase in the mining of coal. By the time the Civil War began, millions of tons of coal were being produced annually in the United States. Citizens of other countries were also profiting from this industry. Their immense wealth made it possible for these people to build extravagant homes and other structures. This A&E tour takes viewers to see some of the "castles" built by these coal barons. The Craigdarroch Castle in Victoria, British Columbia, is among those mansions built from coal riches. Like so many older American homes built with little regard for expense, it has now become a museum. Tourists visit regularly to admire its special glasswork and architectural wonders. Pennsylvania's Linden Hall and the Blithewold castle in Newport, RI, are also featured in the program. ~ Elizabeth Smith, Rovi
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