March 2014 
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- Exhibits and Events

     Admission is always free

Civilian Conservation Corps Camp

Join us on March 22, 2014 from 1 pm - 3 pm for the grand opening of our newest exhibit, The Civilian Conservation Corps, or CCC Camp. Using photographs, students from Arapahoe Community College have re-created models of the camp and donated them to the historical society for temporary display in the museum. Along with these models we also have on display several items used in the CCC camp in Morrison Colorado. Refreshments will be served.



March's Free Presentation

Breeds, Brands, and Ranchers

of Early Douglas County

March 13, 2014
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library

A fascinating, educational presentation that addresses the
demanding question posed by Clara Peller in Wendy’s 1984
television commercial, “Where’s the beef?” This bit of time
travel delves into Douglas County’s early beef cattle industry,
exploring the early entry of beef cattle into the County …from
where the early various breeds of beef stock originated …and
the pioneering ranchers who first introduced the major
blooded breeds to the County. “BBR,” as the production is
abbreviated, also provides a brief history of cattle brands …where and when brands were first used and
the use of cattle brands in both ranging and early Colorado law enforcement. And, “BBR” attempts to
provide a socio-economic perspective of the beef cattle industry by identifying impactful events that
influenced the beef industry and by recognizing the various historical eras from 1860 to present-day that
shaped the statistical peaks and valleys of the ever-changing beef market.

- March Calendar

  • March 13 - Breeds, Brands, and Ranchers of Early Douglas County (Free Presentation)
  • March 22 - Open House for the CCC Camp exhibit


Coming in April...

  • April 10 - Free Presentation - Jim Sawatzki's "Landmark for All". Hear about how this hometown history was made, aired on PBS, and how Jim spent his career documenting local communities. See more at

- Coming Soon

  • Walking, bike and trolley tours coming this spring and summer

- History Corner

Civilian Conservation Corps Comes to Castle Rock

On July 25, 1934 Company 1845 of the Civilian Conservation Corps arrived at McMurdo Gulch just northeast of Castle Rock.  The purpose of the camp was not only to provide forestry and water conservation and management, but to provide employment for young men during a period of history racked with unemployment.  Boys 17 to 25 filled the ranks of the CCC.  They were provided food, housing and clothing.  Of course they had to build their own housing, living in tents until wood framed barracks were erected.  Income was $30 a month, $25 of which was automatically taken out of their pay and sent home to a parent or responsible party.
Initial enrollments were six months with re-enrollments up to a maximum of two years.  The Castle Rock camp’s first enrollees were primarily from Colorado, but in later years many came from the eastern states.  Lasting until the outbreak of World War II, the local CCC camp worked in soil conservation, tree planting, flood control, and road building.  They were especially welcome in states affected by the Dust Bowl that in one year alone, 1935, blew over 850,000,000 tons of topsoil off the Southern Plains.  The Corps planted over three billion trees from 1933-1942, an activity that helped hold the soil as well as break the devastating winds.


- News


Lionel Oberlin, the first Director of the Castle Rock Museum, has moved to Seattle to be near his daughter, Wendy. He has an apartment at the Emeritus Senior Living Center.  His new address is
805 4th Ave. N. #254
Seattle, Wa. 98109 
I am sure he would love to get a card from his many old friends.

Recycle - Save those aluminum cans!!

The museum collects and recycles aluminum cans to raise money for matching grants. Bring those cans to the museum and use the green container next to the bathroom. Aluminum cans only please. Anything else will be removed by the recycling company. Help the environment and raise a little money for the museum. 
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