Descriptions of Headquarters
The following table lists many of the
descriptions that are in the Robert Arthur books
regarding Headquarters. I have not attempted to list
every single mention of Headquarters in the books, just
those that seem to give some worthwhile clues to how
things are arranged. I also did not repeat descriptions
if they were included in more than one book. The page
numbers in the table refer to the original hardback
Title and Page Number
Castle," pp. 6-7
- The Jones Salvage Yard is
located outside the main section of town.
- A board fence surrounds
- Local artists helped paint
- Front section of the fence
is covered with scenes of trees and
flowers and green lakes and swans and an
- The front gate is made of
two iron gates from an old estate.
- Green Gate One is located
100 yards past the front gate where an
ocean scene is painted on the fence. A
fish is in the ocean scene; to enter
Green Gate One, you push the eye of the
fish. Two green boards then swing up,
giving entrance to a corner of the
salvage yard that has Jupiters
- A six-foot wide roof
extends around the inside of almost all
the salvage yard fence.
- Tunnel Two has one end in
Jupes outdoor workshop. Tunnel Two
is a galvanized pipe that goes under the
trailer and ends at a panel that swings
up into Headquarters.
- Easy Three is the "easiest"
entrance into Headquarters.
- Easy Three is an oak door
still in the frame that is unlocked with
a key from a box of junk. Once the door
is opened, you step into an old iron
boiler and then cross through the boiler
to a round door directly into
Headquarters (presumably the side).
- The back fence of the
Salvage Yard has a painting of the 1906
San Francisco Fire.
- Red Gate Rover is located
on the back fence about 50 feet from one
of the corners, presumably the corner
that corresponds to the front corner
where Jupes workshop is located.
- Red Gate Rover is so named
because a dog is painted as part of the
scene and was named "Rover" by
the boys. To gain entrance, you remove
the knothole that makes up Rovers
eye and then undo a catch inside the hole.
Three boards swing up.
- Red Gate Rover leads to
Door Four of Headquarters
- The roof of Door Four is a
pile of heavy planks. To enter Door Four,
you crawl under the planks and then stand
up and stoop to enter a panel into
Headquarters; presumably, the panel is in
the side of the trailer.
- Headquarters is inside a
30-foot trailer that was damaged in a
wreck and is hidden in the salvage yard.
- Robert Arthur mentions
four secret gates to the salvage yard,
but only two are ever described.
- Same basic description as
in "Terror Castle" pp. 52-53,
except that Robert Arthur points out that
they used it "since no one was
watching," indicating that this
entrance is more noticeable from other
parts of the salvage yard.
- Tunnel Two is roughly 40
feet long and ends underneath the trailer.
A trapdoor in the floor of the trailer
gives the boys access into Headquarters.
- Headquarters has a desk,
several chairs and various office
- The trailer has a tiny
darkroom, miniature lab, and a washroom
- Emergency One, "Secret
Four," Tunnel Two, Easy Three, Red
Gate Rover, and Green Gate One are
identified as secret entrances. Secret
Four and Emergency One are described as
only to be used in desperate
circumstances. Emergency One is used
later in the story, but no more
information appears about Secret Four.
- Easy Three is used only
when the yard is deserted and no one is
- Emergency One is accessed
through a skylight on the roof over the
desk. A slide is propped against the side
of Headquarters to allow the boys to
slide down to the ground, but they have
to slide on their stomachs or flat on
- Tunnel Two is described as
being about thirty feet long.
- The laboratory is
described as being only big enough for
one person. However, the illustration on
page 123 of this same book shows all
three boys in the lab.
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