July 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

Join us for the grand opening reception of the newest exhibit to the museum.

Building with Rhyolite

See buildings from Colorado Springs to Cheyenne that were built using local rhyolite from Castle Rock's quarries. 


July 26th 2014
1:00 pm to 3:00 pm

Refreshment will be served.

July's Free Presentation

July 10, 2014
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104
Jim Hansmann, curator at the Castle Rock Museum will be presenting on the Civilian Conservaton Corp Camp located in Castle Rock from the late 1930's to the early 1940's.

- July's Calendar

  • July 10 - Castle Rock Historical Society's FREE Presentation - The Civilian Conservation Corp Camp
  • July 26 - Heritage Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Castle Rock

Coming in August...

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

    Speaker: Jeff Broome
    Topic: The Hungate Massacre. 
     Location: Phillip Miller Library 
                        100 S. Wilcox St.
                        Castle Rock, Co 80104
     Date/Time: Thursday, August 14, 2014 
                           Refreshments at 6:45 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm. 

  • Walking and Bike Tours

    Walking and Bike tours will continue in August.
    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 present day historic building?
Come into the museum for the answers to these questions.

- History Corner

The Other Depot –
Atchison Topeka Santa Fe

In 1888 a second railroad, the Atchison Topeka Santa Fe, was built through Castle Rock.  The railroad constructed a wooden frame depot on the west side of Plum Creek. The ATSF railroad track was standard gauge, unlike the narrow gauge Denver & Rio Grande railroad.  This allowed for competition in the shipping of goods and supplies for the local area. Earlier the rivalry between the railroads developed into a two year battle (1878-79) for the prime route from Pueblo to Leadville through the Royal Gorge.  A shooting war ensued which was ultimately settled by a Court order in favor of the Denver and Rio Grande. The ATSF railroad then concentrated on other routes to the South, West and North. After the Santa Fe depot was built the Douglas County Commissioners let a contract in 1890 for the construction of a wooden bridge across Plum Creek to Third St to insure access to downtown Castle Rock. The current depot built in 1911 is the third one constructed on the site.  The first two succumbed to fire.  The railroad had standard plans and thus the depots were each quickly reconstructed.   The ATSF depot was decommissioned in 1947.  The depot then became the home of the Garcilaso family.  It is currently owned by the Town of Castle Rock.

Angie Deleo
Castle Rock Museum

- Historical Society News


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 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. 
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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