It is unclear how Ide's name became associated with the structure, since no documented evidence has been found to establish this link.
The earliest known reference to the adobe is found in a land claim filed in Shasta County California on September 29, 1852, by Kendall Bumpass. (In 1852, the present site of the adobe was in southern Shasta County.)
Bumpass used the adobe as a reference point for establishing his claim to land one-half mile to the southwest. The property on which the adobe sits had been claimed in April of that year by Abraham Dibble. Dibble, for whom nearby Dibble Creek is named, called the property the "Bluffton Ranch."
Ide's home ranch was the Rancho de la Barranca Colorada, located south of present-day Red Bluff on the south bank of Red Bank Creek.
Based on this evidence, State Park Historians have concluded that the adobe was probably built around 1852 by Abraham Dibble.