I received E-Mail that said:

About the castle in Idyllwild Ca. The Castle sits in Idyllwild on Strawberry Creek. It was built by Ben Jones, Designed By Ade Collie, Fashioned after the adirondack camps of Yellowstone at the turn of the century. The turret is made of river rock and the railings out of hand made peeled pine.

Later, I received E-Mail that said:

I'm Ade Collie, the architect that designed The Castle in Idyllwild, California. I put my name into Goggle just to see what would turn up, and behold, up came your website. It was designed for Bill and Barbara Hanshaw. The local people began calling it The Castle, and Bill thought it was an appropriate description, so he had a beautiful hand carved sign calling it that and hung it from a tree in front. It was a lot of fun to do and there were some fine craftsmen on the job. The river stone was hand-collected in the area by the Hungarian mason and his two sons. The pine pole railings were harvested and assembled by a 79 year old man in the area who was known for the pine pole furniture he started making in the early 1930's. Ben Jones was the best general contractor on the hill and one of the finest men I've ever worked with. The Castle was completed in 1979 as I recall. The Handshaw's sold it about 5 to 6 years ago. I'll see if I can pull some better photos of it out of my files and email them to you. Those of us who knew Bill and Barbara called it "The Hanshaw Castle".

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Thanks to Ade Collie for sending the photo.