April 2015

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Visit the Newest Exhibit to the Museum

Every Day Can Be Derby Day

The Castle Rock Historical Society was honored to receive 60 hats and over 41 hat boxes from the Oberlin family. We will be opening a silent auction to purchase these hats during our open house reception on April 18, 2015 from 1:00 pm to 3:00 pm. The hats are now on display at the museum so stop in and pick out your favorite and then join us at the reception for refreshments and to place your bid.

A Survey From Russellville

In the 1990's the Russellville Archaeological Project became a historical survey of the public and private land in Russellville. Using metal detectors archaeologists discovered over 3,000 items, it has been said that they may have been used by Confederate's during the civil war, and that some items could have been used in the mining of gold in Russellville in 1859. Stop in the museum and see if you can identify any of these.  

"Building with Rhyolite"

Test your knowledge of local rocks. See tools used in the quarrying and cutting of Castle Rock's remarkable stone-Rhyolite. From 1872-1906 millions of tons of rhyolite was mined (quarried) and shipped all along the Front Range. See current pictures of the more than four dozen rhyolite mansions, churches, and buildings from Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Denver, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. 



This June 16, 2015 will be 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 is planning 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.


April's Presentation Program

April 9, 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, April 9, 2015 for a presentation from Karen Kidd on her book “On Holy Ground” and The American Federation of Human Rights.
 For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164,, Admission is free.  

April's Calendar

  • April 9, 2015 - Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's Monthly Presentation

  • April 18, 2015 - Open house reception and silent auction of the vintage hats from the collection of Starr Oberlin.

Coming in May

  • May 14, 2015 - A presentation from Mary Taylor Young on the 100th anniversary of Rocky Mountain National Park. 

  • May 16, 2015 - 6th Annual Trolley Tour!! Call or email the museum now to reserve your seat. (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 photo was of the Whittier House, or present day Fin Lafleur located at Perry and Fourth Streets.

- History Corner

Starr Oberlin

Starr Oberlin and her husband Lionel had been restoring and preserving history long before they moved to Castle Rock. Starr's passion for history began when they purchased and restored a brick farm house in Pennsylvania that was constructed in the 1800's. In 1974 Starr and Lionel moved to Idaho and once again purchased and restored an old house built in 1904 and then successfully listed the house on the National Register of Historic Places. Then in 1988 they moved to Colorado to be closer to their grandchildren and decided to call Castle Rock home. Their love for history prompted the couple to purchase the historic Hammer House on the corner of Cantril and Second Streets and along with restoring the rhyolite  house that was built in 1881, Starr was able to get it listed on the National Historic Register. After opening an antique shop in downtown Castle Rock she founded the Castle Rock Historical Society in 1991 and as president she helped the society purchase and develop the town's D&RG railroad depot into a history museum. Starr's drive for historic preservation helped the city adopt a Historic Preservation Ordinance and under that ordinance numerous properties now have the title of "local landmark" and several of those are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Castle Rock was lucky when she and Lionel choose to make this town their home and to use their passion and love of historic preservation to keep the history of Castle Rock alive. 

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Shaun Boyd
Secretery - Fleta Nockels
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Fundraising - Sandy Schenecker

Treasurer - Jim Allamian

-In Our Community

Where were you on June 16, 1965? 

The Douglas County History Research Center, in the Philip S. Miller library, is hosting oral history interviews with persons that lived, worked or were in Castle Rock on June 16, 1965. On this day southern Douglas County received 14 inches of rain in four hours causing Plum Creek and Sellars' Gulch to flood the small town of Castle Rock. These interviews will last 30-45 minutes and time slots are available every Wednesday, April 8 through May 27 between 10:30 am and 1:30 pm. To sign up please contact the DCHRC at (303) 688-7730.

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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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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