November 2016

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

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The CRHS newsletter is sent out at the beginning of each month to keep everyone informed about upcoming events and happenings for the Historical Society and the Castle Rock Museum.  To stay up to date on all activities, check out our website at or
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Thank you to the 105 West Brewing Company for donating all the tips they received during the month of October to the CRHS.


And thank you to everyone who went to the brewery and gave the tips!



Cedar Hill Cemetery tour was a success!

A record crowd showed up for the Cedar Hill Cemetery walking tour on Oct. 22, 2016.  This year's tour centered around Elias Dyer, Philip S. Miller, Dr. Alexander, Mary Briscoe Enderud and several others.  

November's Presentation Program

Nov. 10, 2016
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, CO  80104


Please join us on Thurs. Nov. 10, 2016 for a presentation by Lisette Clemons from the Arlington Ladies. The Arlington Ladies are a group of volunteers who attend funeral services at Arlington National Cemetery to ensure that no Soldier, Sailor, Airman or Coast Guardsman is buried alone.  The ladies are an official part of the funeral service, representing the military service's chief of staff or equivalent. The ladies present cards of condolence to the next of kin from the military service chief and spouse on behalf of the service family, and from the Arlington Lady herself.


For more information contact the
Castle Rock Museum 303-814-3164,, 

November's Calendar

  • Nov. 10, 2016  - Presentation by Lisette Clemons about the history and duties of the Arlington Ladies.  
Visit for more information on upcoming presentations and exhibits at the museum.

  • Dec. 8, 2016 - Presentation by Rhonda Beck about her book on the history of Denver's Union Station.

History Corner

The glowing star in Castle Rock at Christmas time has been a tradition for 80 years with the star first being turned on in 1936.  However, most people don’t know that the Star Lighting Ceremony actually began in 1965.  The following are excerpts from an article in the Douglas County News announcing the new tradition.

November 11, 1965
Preparations are underway for a ceremony that; it is hoped may become a tradition of great significance for the town of Castle Rock.  The procedures involved in the lighting of our Christmas Star have been faithfully carried out in the years past by the loyal members of the Volunteer Fire Department.  This year an interested group, inspired by the leadership of Mr. and Mrs. William McConnell of the Golden Dobbin plan to work with Mr. Edsei Smith, Mr. William Randolph, Mr. Charles Holt, and Mr. Darrell Connelly, the special committee of Fire Department members which has been appointed to help develop an impressive program to accompany the turning on of the star.  Under the direction of Mr. Kent Brandebery and with the assistance of Richard Kysar, Mrs. John Reddy and Miss Gay Lankenau, a chorus of several hundred voices from the church and school choirs will present Christmas Carols, and a brass choir will furnish instrumental selections…. Please keep watching for further details about this thrilling community project.

December 2, 1965
At the appointed moment, a word from Mayor Burgess, a signal from the platform to the firemen on the Rock, a turning of heads, and the lights went on, illuminating the Star for another Yuletide season.
Those responsible for the ceremony have been most gratified by the response to this first annual event.  They feel sure that as time goes on, the town of Castle Rock will indeed have established a tradition.  Representatives from The Rocky Mountain News and Channel 9 KBTV were on hand to record the happenings, and numerous out of town visitors joined with the local population to observe and participate in the service.

So, yes the Star Lighting has become a tradition of great significance for Castle Rock.  People come from all over to enjoy the entertainment, vendors and good ole’ home town atmosphere.  Let’s hope the ceremony continues for many more years to come.


The first Star Lighting ceremony Sunday, November 28, 1965 at dusk.

Artifact of the Month - 

World War I Trenching Shovel

This shovel was used in France during World War I by Roy Hardison.  He was assigned to the Colorado contingent. He trained at Camp George West which was a base for the Colorado National Guard in Golden.  The shovel was recently donated to the museum by his family.

-------Please Help-----

We are planning to have an exhibit on World War I in 2017 to mark the
100th anniversary of the US involvement in WWI.  We are seeking any items to put on display for this exhibit.  If you have anything you would like to loan or donate to the museum, we would greatly appreciate it.  Please contact the museum at or 303-814-3164.  

-Museum Visitors

It was great to have students from Douglas County High School and Buffalo Ridge Elementary come for tours of the museum.
In total we had over 230 visitors to the museum in October.
Thank you to Shaun Boyd from the Douglas County Library for a great presentation about local ghost stories.  We had a great crowd - who knew that so many people were interested in this haunting topic.

- THE 5 W's

Do you recognize this building?



Last Month's Photo

The Holcomb - Whitney Hardware Store

321 Jerry Street

Built in 1887 it included a loading platform and a boomtown false front.  It once housed the Odd Fellows Lodge and the Baptist Church on the second floor.  It was converted into a furniture store and later into apartments when damaged by fire.  The small structure on the south side was once used for town meetings.

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

The Castle Rock Historical Society Board meets the first Monday of each month.  All Historical Society members are welcome to attend.

President - Jerry Persall
Vice President - Dorothy Kelly
Secretary -  Lynette McNairy
Treasurer - Jim Allamian 
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Asst. Sec./Treas. - Suzie Perry


Thank you to Guy Mordeaux for helping educate the school kids once again.

New Books in the Gift Shop:

"Mingled Blessings"
by Staci McCormack

About our own Castle Rock Star Lighting
It's that time of year!!!!!  Yeah, please donate to the Castle Rock Historical Society on Colorado Gives Day - Dec. 6, 2016.

You can now support CRHS by shopping on Amazon!!

Do you shop on Amazon?  A lot of people do.  So, how's about you help out the CRHS by going to when you do you're online shopping.

You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the CRHS. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, search and select Castle Rock Historical Society and begin shopping and supporting CRHS. 

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.
Many thanks to those who have already contributed!

Mission: The Castle Rock Historical Society operates the Castle Rock museum, celebrates, educates, and brings together people interested in the preservation of the heritage of the Castle Rock, Colorado area.
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Opportunities to Contribute

You know we need you!! Thank you to those who help with hands, time and money. Whatever your skill is, it can help the community in your historical little town of Castle Rock.
To find out how you can help email

Castle Rock Museum Hours
Wed. - Fri  12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Sat. 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
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