Preston Castle is located in Ione, California
In 1890, the California State Legislature purchased 230 acres from the Ione Coal & Iron Company for construction of the Preston School of Industry, a place where troubled boys could learn a trade instead of being incarcerated in juvenile prisons.
A convicted burglar, Samuel Goins, arrived at Preston School in July 1918. Within his first year, Samuel attempted to escape Preston three times. On April 19, 1919, during his third attempt, a Preston guard named John Kelly shot Samuel in the back; at 20 years old, he died two months shy of his release date. Samuel is buried in the Preston cemetery, along with 16 other young men who died within the school walls — most from diseases like Yellow Fever and Tuberculosis.
The murder of Samuel Goins was not the only fatal act of violence that occurred at the school. In 1950, Preston’s head housekeeper, Anna Corbin, was beaten to death in the school’s basement. A flimsy case was formed against Eugene Monroe, one of the few black children at the school. Tried twice, the jury was hung each time; Anna Corbin’s killer was never found.
The Preston School of Industry closed its doors in 1960, and those who have toured the grounds since have reported many strange sights and sounds; slamming doors, falling objects, disembodied voices and ghostly physical contact. And now, you can experience the paranormal firsthand; beginning in April 2009, Preston Castle is offering monthly overnight ghost tours.