Franz Huning came to America a boy. The gold excitement of 49 started him for California, landing in Albuquerque in 1856. The attractions and opportunities of the Rio Grande held him. He started one of the first large general stores of Old Albuquerque. Huning Castle was built in 1883, modeled from the builder's memory of an old castle on the Rhine. It is now the private home of his son, Arno Huning.