California State Historical Landmark #867
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This landmark is located at the Preston School of Industry on Waterman Road, Ione, California in Amador County. The plaque is located 0.9 miles north of site on State Highway 104. There are 24 other California State Historical Landmarks in Amador County. The GPS coordinates for the plaque are N 38° 21.924 W 120° 57.023.
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The 'Castle,' built in 1890-1894, is the most significant example of Romanesque Revival architecture in the Mother Lode. It was built to house the Preston School of Industry, established by the State Legislature as a progressive action toward rehabilitating, rather than simply imprisoning, juvenile offenders. Doors of the 120-room 'Castle' closed in 1960 after new facilities were completed.