August 2015

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

August 22, 2015 
Heritage Walking Tour

Join us for a walking tour of historic Castle Rock on August 22, 2015 at 10:30 AM. The 45 minute tour will begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th streets, and will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, 420 Elbert Street. Group and bike tours are available by reservation. (303) 814-3164,

Visit the Newest Exhibit to the Museum

In 1965 Castle Rock was cut off from the rest of Colorado when Plum Creek and Sellar's Gulch flooded the city and washed out the bridges. Come in to the museum to find out what bridge this was and how much water rushed through Castle Rock before flowing into the Platte river and flooding Denver. 


This June 16, 2015 was the 50th anniversary of the 1965 flood that wreaked a great deal of damage along the banks of both East and West Plum Creeks in Douglas County. In memory of this catastrophe the Castle Rock Museum has an exhibit on the flood. We are reaching out to anyone who might have any type of artifact related to this particular flood.

Flood artifacts are of course relatively rare but if someone maybe held on to something that they may have rescued from the raging waters of the Plum Creek, or know someone who did, we would like to hear from you. We can be reached at or by phone at (303) 814-3164.


August's Presentation Program

August 13, 2015
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104

Join us on Thursday August 13, 2015 for a presentation from Doris McCraw, of the Colorado Chautauqua. She will be portraying poet and writer Helen Hunt Jackson, who was an activist for the better treatment of Native Americans by the U.S. Government and she is buried in Colorado Springs. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164,, Admission is free.  

August's Calendar

  • August 13, 2015 - Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's Monthly Presentation

  • August 22, 2015 - Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock

Coming in September

  • September 10, 2015 -Presentation Program: Reagan Harper from the Colorado State Library on the Colorado Historic newspapers website. 

  • September 26, 2015 - Heritage Walking Tour of Downtown Castle Rock. Call or email the museum for bike or group tours. (303) 814-3164,


    Visit for future exhibits and events.

- THE 5 W's

Do you know about this present day historical location?
Come into the museum for the answers to these questions.

Last months picture was of the first courthouse in Castle Rock, the Cantril Courthouse located at 310 Fourth Street. 

- History Corner

The Douglas County Fair and Rodeo

  For kids throughout Douglas County the annual fair and rodeo signals the end of summer vacation and the beginning of the new school year. For as long as I can remember this event takes place the weekend before the first day of school, it is kind of like a reunion with all of your friends that you didn't see over the summer and a place to meet the new kids before school starts. Everyone looks forward to the carnival rides and games and enjoys the food that comes to the fairgrounds once a year. I can even remember a year where fireworks were involved. The first Douglas County Fair took place on October 6th and 7th in 1892, several weeks after school started, did not have a carnival, or fireworks.  It consisted of a stock and horse department, farms, gardens, and orchards, and a ladies hall. From what I can make out from an article from the Castle Rock Journal dated October 12, 1892 the 1892 fair was very similar to what the 2015 fair will be, minus the carnival and rodeo. 1st and 2nd place was given out to a variety of competitors ranging anywhere from best popcorn, best plate of apples, best premium on crayon, best loaf of bread, best cake by girl under 16, best pair duck, best foal 1892 draft stock, and best draft stallion, and many more in between. Very similar to 2015, 1892 featured music, however in 2015 there will be numerous shows featuring different artists unlike 1892 where there was only one, The Castle Rock Cornet. The next Douglas County Fair was held two years later on October 4th and 5th 1894, in the same fashion of the previous fair. Throughout the years the Douglas County Fair has evolved and became a seventeen day event starting with the junior division dog show and moving through events including, quilt judging, mutton bustin', bull riding, cricket races, pie eating contest, dutch oven cook off, stick horse rodeo, several musicians, pancake breakfast, carnival and of course a parade through historic Castle Rock. This year when the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo comes to a close and the school doors open, I wonder if anyone will ponder who won 1st place for best lump of ranch butter in 1892...David McMurdo, that's who.  

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Shaun Boyd
Secretery - Lynette McNairy
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Events and Fundraising - Sandy Schenecker

Treasurer - Jim Allamian


A big thank you to Macy Heath for volunteering over her summer vacation,  Brad Morrison for all his work on some of the great photo's on display in the museum, Maria Lunn for volunteering her time to lead a  "1965 Flood" Trolley Tour, and Kent Brandeberry, for the usage of many of his priceless artifacts, his wealth of knowledge for the local history, and all the time he volunteers at the museum. We are truly grateful for all you do!! 

Are you looking for a way to help preserve history in Castle Rock? The Castle Rock Historical Society is looking for someone to fill the Vice President position in September and a Historian to join the board. If you or someone you know would be interested in either one of these positions please contact the Castle Rock Museum by phone (303) 814-3164 or by email

Volunteer Opportunities

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Historian – The Society needs a volunteer to collect and maintain the historic records of the Society.  Collect news, announcements and articles on activities and events of the Society to maintain its history.

Member Meeting Refreshments – Sign up to bring and/or coordinate members to bring refreshments to membership meetings. Cookies and drinks are all that is required, but your inspirations would be great too.  The Society holds monthly program meetings for the benefit of its members.

Tour Planner and Organizer – The society and museum plan visits to local sites related to exhibits at the museum or tours to sites of interest to the historically minded.  Past trips have included an historic tour of Denver, tours to local rhyolite quarry sites, tours to interesting sites around Douglas County,  a tour of Glen Eyre (home of Gen William Palmer) and others.   A Tour planner would arrange for several tours a year and serve as host for the tour.

Historic Marker Manager – The Historical Society has initiated the Historic Marker Program in Castle Rock.  A local site with an interesting history has a metal plaque with a QR code (readable by a smart phone) with information and pictures about the history of the property.  Twenty markers have been placed thus far.  More locations certainly qualify.  The manager would keep current markers up to date and work to add sites to the program.

Walking Tour Guide – The historical society and museum conduct four planned historic walking tours of downtown Castle Rock during the summer months.  We could use more volunteers to conduct these tours as well as tours for groups by special request.  School group walking tours are also sometimes requested.

Docent – The museum can use docents to cover for vacation time for museum staff.
Gift Shop photographs - The museum gets a lot of requests for postcards and copies of its old photographs.  The museum could use a volunteer to arrange for some of its photographs to be made into postcards and prints for the gift shop.

-In Our Community

Commemorative Brick Courtyard 

The courtyard at the Castle Rock Museum is continuing to expand, stop by and purchase your own commemorative brick for yourself, a loved one, a business, or even your most cherished animal companion. 

- In the Gift Shop

Looking for unique gift? Come down to the Castle Rock Museum's gift shop for all your historic Castle Rock and Douglas County gifts. We are stocked in 2015 calendars, Robert L. Lowenberg's book "CASTLE ROCK: A Grass Roots History," a handful of children's railroad themed toys, and a limited number of local Castle Rock postcards. 

New to the gift shop at the Castle Rock Museum

"Chronicles of Douglas County Colorado"

Join the Castle Rock Writers for a journey through the history of this land and the diverse legacy left behind by those who made it their home.


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Recycle - Save those aluminum cans!! A HUGE thank you to those who have been donating 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. 

Lionel Oberlin, the first Director of the Castle Rock Museum, has moved to Seattle to be near his daughter, Wendy. You can send all letters through his daughter Wendy at, 
4015 Wallingford Ave N.
Seattle, Wa. 98103-8218 
I am sure he would love to get a card from his many old friends.

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.
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