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.
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.
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.
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.