In the middle of nowhere (about 35 mi northeast of Springer) stands this curious 36-room log-and-masonry castle built in 1880 by Stephen Dorsey, a U.S. senator from Arkansas. It was once a social gathering place for the rich and powerful. The career of the ambitious senator, who owned the mansion for 15 years, dissolved in a mail-fraud scandal. It's not open to the public, but history buffs may want to drive by.
Off U.S. 56, 25 mi east of Springer; turn north (left) at rest stop at mile marker 24 and take dirt road 12 mi, Springer, New Mexico, 87747, United States