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Driving the back roads of Idaho

For more information about the Castle and other historical attractions in the Potlatch River Valley, email castlemuseumllc@tds.net

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Photo by Julia Hart

Traveling the back roads of North Central Idaho, one wouldn’t expect to find a ancient looking stone castle. Yet just off Idaho State Highway 3, in Juliaetta is “The Castle,” built by A.A. Adams in 1905. The historic building overlooks the historic Potlatch River.

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Fresh water ponds, streams and fountains are a central features of The Castle’s lush landscape. Many of the structures on the museum grounds are original to the Adams home.

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The community’s original jail is also a part of the Castle landscape. The rusted metal structure even features an uncomfortable looking metal cot. “It was not a very nice place,” said longtime Idaho resident Maria Vogel of Troy, Idaho and local tour guide.

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Visitors to the old Adams Castle, as it is known by the locals, features charming, steep woodsy path to The Castle’s front door.

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An antique chest resting next to a handmade rocking chair greets visitors to the stone brick castle that features a Scottish construction style favored by its builder A. A. Adams of Scotland. The Castle now serves as Juliaetta’s community museum.

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The pathway to the Juliaetta, Idaho castle features a rustic landscape, which is maintained by the town’s city park crews. The Castle is open by appointment and only during the warmer months of the year. Central heating is not a part of the Castle’s charm.

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