Preston School of Industry

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Preston Castle
Preston Castle 1.jpg
Preston School of Industry is located in California
Preston School of Industry
Preston School of Industry is located in USA
Preston School of Industry
Nearest city Ione, California
Coordinates 38°21′40″N 120°56′9″W / 38.36111°N 120.93583°W / 38.36111; -120.93583Coordinates: 38°21′40″N 120°56′9″W / 38.36111°N 120.93583°W / 38.36111; -120.93583
Built 1890
Architect Schulze, Henry A.
Architectural style Romanesque
NRHP Reference # 75000422
CHISL # 867[1]
Added to NRHP July 30, 1975[2]

The Preston School of Industry, also known as Preston Castle, was formerly one of the oldest and best-known reform schools in the United States. It is located in Ione, California, in Amador County.[citation needed]

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)[1] and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places (NPS-75000422).[citation needed]

The facility's name has often been used in movies and also television programs, such as Dragnet. In 1999, the institution's official name was changed to the "Preston Youth Correctional Facility", but most people in the state — especially those who reside in the immediate area — continue to refer to it by its original name.[citation needed]

The California Department of Corrections and Rehabilitation announced on October 21, 2010, that the Preston Youth Correctional Facility was to close,[3] and a closing ceremony was held on June 2, 2011

The building is open to tours for the public and it is maintained by the Preston Castle Foundation.[citation needed]

Former wards[edit]

Preston Castle in Ione, California, built in the latter half of the 19th century.

Former Preston wards include:[citation needed]


The building has been claimed to be haunted by former wards as well as the spirit of a housekeeper, Anna Corbin, who was bludgeoned to death there in the 1950s.[4][5]

The property was featured in an episode of the Travel Channel's Ghost Adventures, by The Atlantic Paranormal Society on SyFy's paranormal show Ghost Hunters, and on The Science Channel program The Unexplained Files.


  1. ^ a b "Preston Castle". Office of Historic Preservation, California State Parks. Retrieved 2012-10-06. 
  2. ^ Staff (2008-04-15). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  3. ^ Hedger, Matthew (October 21, 2010). "Preston Youth Correctional Facility to close". Ledger Dispatch (Amador: Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  4. ^ "The Haunted Castle In California". Retrieved 2011-01-30. 
  5. ^ "Who Was Anna Corbin?". Retrieved 2015-11-02. 

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