Bettendorf Castle


Welcome to the Carpentersville Memories Bettendorf Castle Page. Our goal is to bring back some fun memories of growing up in the 50’s, 60’s, 70’s and 80’s. Please take your time and check out all of the Bettendorf Castle images and files, they are sure to bring back many memories.


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In 1931, Theodore “Teddy” Bettendorf immigrated to America from Luxembourg. Overlooking the town of Fox River Grove, he began building a castle that took over 36 years of dedication and hard work. As a boy, Teddy learned his masonry skills from watching a historic castle being rebuilt in his hometown of Vianden, Luxembourg. In his building of the castle he collected stones from such places as local farmer’s fields, stone quarries and the excavation of Lake Julian. In addition to the castle itself, there is a water filled moat, a wishing well, a working drawbridge, outside bathroom and sink, outdoor fireplace, observation tower,  and courtyard. Since its completion the Bettendorf Castle has been used as a honeymoon suite, for filming of commercials, various civic events and as a private residence.

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