Sunday, April 22, 2012

Preston Castle

Not too long ago I had the opportunity to visit Preston Castle (AKA Preston School of Industry) in Ione, CA. The "castle" was built between 1890-1894 and was intended to rehabilitate juvenile offenders as opposed to simply imprisoning them.

According to Wikipedia, "The institution was opened in June 1894 when seven wards (minors under the guardianship of the state, but not necessarily juvenile offenders), were transferred there from San Quentin State Prison. The original building, known colloquially as "Preston Castle" (or simply "The Castle"), is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was vacated in 1960, shortly after new buildings had been constructed to replace it. The abandoned building has since been named a California Historical Landmark (#867) and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-75000422)."

Let's take a look inside, shall we?

Public tours are held twice a month. If you're really feeling adventurous, they also offer overnight ghost tours.

Would you do it?

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