Castle Rock Historical Society
Castle Rock Depot, circa 1900. Reisle. Douglas County History Research Center

Hello <<First Name>>,

Please join us for the next Historical Presentation: Trails to Interstate: Transportation Systems Across the Palmer Divide
Lee Whiteley will present on August 8 at 7:00 pm "Trails to Interstate: Transportation Systems Across the Palmer Divide". The Palmer Divide, also known as the Arkansas-Platte Divide, has a history of producing challenges and opportunities for moving people and goods. This transportation corridor, hemmed in by the Rocky Mountains to the west and the high plains to the east, has facilitated and encouraged commerce, communication, and tourism to the region.

The program will cover the following transportation systems: The Trappers Trail, The Cherokee Trail, The Denver & Rio Grande Railroad, Auto Trails, Numbered Highways: Colorado Highway 83, the original planned route of Interstate 25, and U.S. Highway 85, the notorious “Ribbon of Death.” and Interstate 25: The heavily used and often hazardous road across Monument Hill. See more information about the presentation on the website.

Lee is a 4th generation Coloradan and now lives in Centennial. He graduated from Englewood High School and the University of Denver. He spent two years in the U.S. Army, including a year in Vietnam.  Lee and wife Jane have authored five books on transportation history in the West, including The Cherokee Trail, The Yellowstone Highway, and The Lincoln Highway in Colorado. They are associate producers of the PBS documentary “Paving the Way: The National Park-to-Park Highway.” 

Join us at 7:00-8:00 pm at P.S. Miller Library. Refreshments at 6:30 by The Cakery.



Museum Report
  • Alexander MOB DisplayThe Alexander Medical Office Building (MOB) is open! The grand opening was Sunday July 14. A big Thank You to Todd Folkenberg of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital for inviting the Historical Society to name the MOB after an early Castle Rock doctor. Museum staff researched and decided upon Dr. Alexander, who practiced in Castle Rock for over 60 years. CRHS is curating a permanent exhibit for the building. Dr. Alexander lived in the historic Hammer House and the current owner, CRHS Co-Founder, Lionel Oberlin, owns many original artifacts. Among them is a beautiful portrait, which he allowed CRHS to reproduce for the exhibit.
  • Railroad Baggage Cart donated by couple in Black Forest.  We picked up with Kent’s Car Trailer.  Talking to Railroad museum about restoration needs.
  • Booth at 5th Car Show featuring Castle Rock’s Racetrack, CDR. A great location provided lots of attention
  • Attended ANFRM(local museum assoc.) meeting – more possible Scout projects identified. Projects for Education Committee!
  • 140 Visitors last month, including visitors from nine states
  • Work on county window as soon as access arranged.
  • Walking & Biking tours – good crowd
  • Douglas County Quilt TrailOur quilt block for the Douglas County Quilt Trail is complete. It is on display and will soon be permanently installed. The quilt block represents a Railroad Crossing sign.

Exhibits and Events 
Come see our permanent and rotating exhibits

  • Indian Artifacts through September
  • Castle Rock leaf fossils again on loan from Denver Museum of Nature and Science for 1year at least

Society Report
  • Castle Rock Historical Society Presentation SeriesThe July Historical Presentation featured Jim Sawatzki, local filmmaker. Jim presented on fascinating artists of the Pikes Peak region. Jim is a Telly Award winning and Emmy Nominated producer and director who has been documenting Front Range Colorado history since 1992. Artists highlighted include Lon Chaney, Artus Van Briggle pottery, Van Briggle Siren Vase pictured. The Museum carries some of his film work, come check it out! Thank you also to The Cakery, event sponsor, who provided tempting treats!
  • Historic walking and biking tours are at 10:30 am on the fourth Saturday of August and September. Tours are free and family-friendly and accessible to people of all abilities. Park at the Museum and walk or bike over to The Courtyard at Siena (3rd and Perry St.). See you there!
  • The CRHS monthly Board meeting is open to the public. Join us 6:00-8:00 pm on the third Thursday of each month at the Philip S. Miller Library meeting room.


  • August 8 - Lee Whiteley presents a contemplative exploration of the transportation system. Lee has authored several book son transportation in the west, including "The Cherokee Trail." Join us for a look at an important part of our western history.
  • August 15 - 6:00-8:00 pm CRHS monthly Board meeting. Wells Fargo Bank Room. Open to the public.
  • August 17 - 1:00 pm Summer Party at the Museum. "Circle the Wagons - a Modern Chuck Wagon Dinner" features local entertainment, historical games. In a fun twist modern day chuck wagons, food trucks, will serve refreshments. The event is free, and proceeds from food sales benefit CRHS. Come for a relaxed community afternoon!
  • August 24 - Walking and biking tours, 10:30 am. Park at the Museum and walk or bike over to The Courtyard at Siena at 3rd and Perry streets. The two separate tours start at 10:30 am, last around 45 minutes, and end up at the Museum. Family friendly and free. Biking and walking are separate tours. If you want to bike but don't have one, or don't want to transport it, check out a free bike at, a service of Castle Rock Adventist Hospital
  • September 12 - Nancy Sotomayer, DC Clerk and Recorder Office presents "Important Documents of Douglas County".
  • October 10 - TBD
  • September 28 - Walking and biking tours
  • November 14 - Veterans' History Project
  • December 12 - Castle Rock Starlighting History by Shaun Boyd
Join us second Thursdays, 6:30 pm at P.S. Miller Library for refreshments. The presentation starts at 7:00. The Presentation Series is free and open to all! Thank you to The Cakery, event sponsor, who provides glorious goodies.

Opportunities for Members
<<First Name>>, we need help setting up and tearing down after the summer party on Saturday August 17. The work is easy, and many hands make light work. Please call or write today to help set up or take down tables and chairs. Thank you! for more information.

Thank you for your interest. We look forward to seeing you at events and around town!
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