June 2014 

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- Exhibits and Events

     *Admission is always free

The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum will be offering heritage walking and biking tours of the downtown area on the fourth Saturday of each month from June through September.  
Tours begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th streets and start at 10:30 am. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. Group tours are available by reservation. 
The tours will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum located at 420 Elbert Street Castle Rock, Co. 80104

Trolley Tours a Big Hit

The 5th annual trolley tours were held last weekend with over 110 people in attendance spread over 5 different tours. This years tour showcased homes and buildings in both downtown Castle Rock, and The Craig and Gould neighborhood that were built using rhyolite from local Castle Rock quarries. A big thank you to the Town of Castle Rock and the Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board for making this years tours a success. 




Civilian Conservation Corps Camp  Exhibit is still on Display in the museum. This CCC camp was located in Castle Rock in from 1934 to 1941. Come see a little local history. 

        There has been an addition to the
      Continental Divide Raceway exhibit. 

                  "Showdown at CDR"

Featuring Jim Hall in his #66 Birdcage Masarati vs. Carroll Shelby driving the #2 Scarab. Wonderful new information on numerous race cars and their iconic American legends. Come in to the museum to see an extra exhibit that will be on display during the Castle Rock Cruse In Car Show on Saturday, June 14th. 

June's Free Presentation

June 12, 2014
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104
Rex Evilsizor will present on his experience working in the railroad industry.

- June's Calendar

  • June 12 - Castle Rock Historical Society's FREE Presentation - Working in the Railroad Industry
  • June 28 - Heritage Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Castle Rock

Coming in July...

  • Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's FREE Monthly Presentation

    Speaker:Jim Hansman
    Topic:The Civilian Conservation Corp. in Castle Rock. 
     Location: Phillip Miller Library 
                        100 S. Wilcox St.
                        Castle Rock, Co 80104
     Date/Time: Thursday, July 10, 2014 
                           refreshments at 6:30pm program starts at 7:00pm 

  • Walking and Bike Tours

    Walking and Bike tours will continue in July.
    They are scheduled on the fourth Saturday of the month through September.
    Tours begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street between 3rd and 4th streets and will start at 10:30 am. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes. 
    Group tours by request
    Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164


THE 5 W's

Do you know about this historic location?
Come into the museum for the answers these questions.

- History Corner

Tale of a Race Track

As early as 1955 Douglas County Commissioners met with race sponsors to discuss construction of a race track on two sections of land just south of Castle Rock. Finally in 1959 Sidney R. Langsam announced the opening of The Continental Divide Raceway would be that summer. Composed of a 2.8 mile road course.a half mile oval track, and a 4,200 foot drag strip, the course opened with rave reviews. One driver commented that CDR "could easily become the foremost sports car racing facility in the country". 
With the likes of Carroll Shelby, Augie Pabst, A.J. Foyt, and Mario Andretti the track was well on it's way before a tragic accident forced the closing of the track. A brief reopening in the early 1980's proved unsuccessful and the area lost it's spot on the National Racing Circuit.  
Jim Hansmann
Castle Rock Museum

- Historical Society News

The Castle Rock Historical Society is investigating the possibility of acquiring The Hammer House.


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!! A HUGE thank you to those who donated cans in May making it the most cans donated in a month. 

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. 
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 .
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