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SuzPolverino
Los Angeles, CA40 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Michael Rubel was a merchant marine, an artist, a visionary and a lifelong tinkerer of machines. But what he was best at was keeping his 12-year-old self alive until the day he died. We had the pleasure of visiting the Rubel Castle last weekend and to our surprise - Scott Rubel (his nephew) was our tour guide. His tour were truly a joy and listening to his family history and stories made the 2 hour Sunday morning tour fly by. There is so much to see that its a bit overwhelming, so its best just to strap in and take it all in one step at a time. Highlights include a converted Railrolad car, barns full of priceless vehicles, secret refridgerator rooms and a hidden print press inside the castle walls. The tour leaves you with the belief that anyone with a dream can build something special, with the help of friends and family. I hope the Glendora Historical society continues to preserve this landmark and if you are in So Cal, its worth the effort to book ahead.
Written 6 July 2022
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Lisa O
Downey, CA1 contribution
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2022
We had an experience at the Rubel Castle on Saturday, January 22nd that will probably be one of the BEST memories of our collective lives. Half of the credit goes to the castle itself. The other half goes to the extraordinary docent (and incredible human being) named Dick Macy. It is so rare these days to come across someone like him. He was precisely informative, yet kind and funny at the same time. His stories were riveting. I learned so much about the castle's history, but I also felt like I was transported back to the days when Michael and all of his friends were there building, toiling, sweating, and most of all laughing. Belly laughing. The kind of laughter that adds years to your life and life to your years. He is an absolute treasure.
He answered all of our questions with thoughtful answers. I know he's been guiding tours since '93, but no matter how many times he's answered those questions before, he didn't seem bored with them. He made sure that our experience was fun, joyful, memorable and meaningful.
I had watched the Huell Howser episode before going on the tour, so right away I recognized Dick when we approached the gate. I was glad it was he who was going to be guiding us, but I didn't know what we were about to experience. Let me tell you, he gave us a tour that made us say “Oh boy! That's amazing!!” Just like Huell would have. I can see now why Huell said the castle was one of his all time favorite places in LA.
We go on a lot of different tours around the Los Angeles area, but I have never written anything about a docent. I just felt compelled to let the Glendora Historical Society and Dick, himself, know that his efforts and effervescent personality impacted at least 3 people's lives in a big way that day. A positive impact that will be felt for years to come in the form of cherished memories. His kindness and infectious laughter are one of a kind. He created an experience that we always hope to get when visiting a place and just somehow never quite get. We literally didn't want the tour to end! And when it did end, we left wishing that we had Dick in our own group of friends because he is JOY encapsulated. (As is the castle itself). I know Michael would be so happy to know that his creation lives on and the very spirit of it lives on through Mr. Macy. Please share this with him and let him know that he created pure magic on Saturday. We will never, ever forget him and the experience we had at the Castle on that blustery winter's day.
A special thanks also to Hans for coming up early and cleaning up the tree debris from the epic windstorm the night before. The mess would have been dangerous to visitors and caused a cancellation of the tour that day. We are so thankful it wasn't canceled!! The whole team there is incredible. We are huge fans of Rubel Castle now and will encourage our friends and family to visit. If they have half the fun we did, it will be a great day for them.
Written 25 January 2022
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GaryDeanV
Glendora, CA27 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Couples
What a great tour. Great underappreciated experience. Excellent national area. Docents are right on.
Written 5 March 2020
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LadyDiButterfli
Cypress, CA126 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
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 tucked away in a residential neighborhood which was also unexpected. I'm a native Southern Californian and never knew it was there but my friend and I thoroughly loved the place and learning about the owner.
Written 10 February 2020
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Jon S
Los Angeles, CA29 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
Really an amazing, one of a kind place to see. It is quite remarkable to see what someone can do with some ingenuity and mostly all donated material of all types. If you were a kid who liked to build forts as a kid, you will appreciate this rare find. Our docent was fantastic, telling stories that only he knows through his friendship with Michael Rubel. Worth a little trip just outside of Los Angeles.
Written 2 February 2020
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JanN216
Los Osos, CA987 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019 • Friends
Eclectic find off the beaten path in the middle of a middle class Glendora neighborhood. Who would have ever known something like this existed? Tours are by appointment, so be sure to check at Rubeltours.org before just showing up. It’s definitely worth the $10.00 entry fee but 2 hours (of mostly standing) was about 30 minutes too long. This castle, now operated by the Glendora Historical Society is everything from funky, dirty and full of junk, to some incredible treasures (like the bell tower and other antiques throughout).
Written 30 December 2019
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Staggs Crossing
Corona, CA75 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2019 • Couples
This is not a traditional castle. It was created by Michael Rubel and has everything from Old gas pumps to train cars! They offer guided tours but not all the time so be sure to check for times and availability. They ask for a $10 tax deductible donation for the tour which lasts about 3 hours. The overall size is not very big but there is so much to see and your guide will have a ton of stories about Michael and how the castle was built. Great way to spend a day with family and so cool to be local!

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Written 8 April 2019
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Helene V
Simi Valley22 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019 • Couples
This man's home now belongs to the Historical Society. The history and the antiques are truly amazing. A must see. Not for young children. Would definitely go back again as there is so much to see and learn about this castle.
Written 15 February 2019
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MountainViewMom
Glendora, CA15 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Friends
A terrific and unique place to visit. There are many antiques that will remind you of the past. It is a place where your imagination can run wild....Rubel Castle is an interesting and wonderful treat to enjoy in Glendora!
Written 18 June 2018
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random55555
Calabasas, CA24 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2018 • Friends
Check out the Glendora Historical Societ website for more information about this gem (hidden in L.A.) and tours (otherwise not open to the public). Also, watch Huell Howser's tv episode (he actually did two) on youtube to get a better sense of the place. Then visit it -- you'll see a marvel of construction and engineering, see all kinds of historical relics (and junk!), and hear incredible stories about Michael Rubel and his adventures in building it. This is not a hokey tourist trap; you will likely be overwhelmed!
Written 29 April 2018
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