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4:43 PM Mon, Nov. 19th

Mystery Castle: This one won't fall into the sea

This room features a rock fireplace mantel, decorated with silver birds.

Boyce came down with tuberculosis when Gulley was only 2 years old, and left the family for fear of exposing them to the disease. That was the last time Gulley saw her father.

"Choosing not to live a life of quiet desperation awaiting the end, he ran away from home, family and friends," Gulley said.

Though Gulley believes her mother, Frances, had some reason to be mad at her father, she wasn't.

"My mother had character," she said. "She was real dainty looking but she had a lot of macho to her. She wasn't bitter at all. Now that's a real lady."

Boyce, who studied architecture for two years, moved to Arizona and began building his daughter's dream castle in 1930. He spent the next 15 years building and furnishing it with antiques he had collected over the years. It was during that time he regained his health.

It wasn't until after Boyce died that Gulley, at the age of 16, moved with her mother to the castle. Her mother lived there for 25 years, and Gulley has been there ever since.