I received E-Mail that said:

House for sale or lease: castle in the San Beranrdino Mountains 10 acres. This photo will make you explode with glee. Can I borrow $2,500,000?

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

This place was for sale in Northern California last year and is probably sold. I took the Ipix tour of that Castle, and it was really nice. Definitely worth the $2,500,000. they were asking. It was built in 1995 and if I remember correctly, it was 9,000 sq ft. Built in an open plan like most Calif. homes. It was nice inside but nothing special. The outside does NOT reflect the inside. The inside is super modern, and very nice, 1995 style. What turned me off was the fact that it was at 8,000 ft. NOT an altitude I would live at.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I was wondering if the Unkown Castle in Running Springs, CA is the same castle in the mountains that can be seen from Silverwood Lake, CA. I have been wondering what the story behind that castle was because I remember seeing it while camping at Silverwood.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

Running Springs is in the San Bernardino mountains outside of Los Angeles, not "northern california" and not near Silverwood Lake--in fact, it is the mountain/ski resort town that is equidistant between Big Bear Lake and Lake Arrowhead.

On 10-24-07, I received e-mail that said:

It is definitely not in Northern California. The original builder and owner of this castle in Running Springs, CA was Mel Bacon of Coronado Stone Products. I know because I worked for him for a time in the late 90's for 2 years. He used a lot of his products in the home, had a lot of pictures taken and uses them in his company product brochures.. If you look at the Coronado Stone Products Website, you will see it in the Gallery, Residential Section under Country Castle in the Lompoc color. It was on the market during part of the time I worked there and after. I don't know if he and his wife still reside there or not since I don't know if it was ever sold or not. As of today, I also don't know if it is still standing due to the fires. It would be really sad to have another American Castle destroyed by these fires.

I hope this clears up some of the mystery anyway! I don't think it every had a name like Kashan Castle, we just called it Mel's home!

On 7-20-21, I received e-mail that said:

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Preliminary research done by Phil Bilzor. Second photo sent in by jimmy b.