August 2016

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Check out the new D&RG Railway exhibit



Come learn about the history of the Denver & Rio Grande Railway and walk on the same floor so many folks did over 140 years ago.

The Montezuma - the engine that powered the first train through       Castle Rock.

August's Presentation Program


Please join us on Thursday, Aug. 11, 2016 for a presentation by Dick and Janet Fogg about their father, Howard Fogg who is a renowned railroad painter and WWII fighter pilot.  Refreshments begin at 6:45pm and the presentation will begin at 7:00pm.


For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum

August's Calendar

  • Aug. 11, 2016  - Presentation on railroad painter, Howard Fogg
  • Aug. 27, 2016  -  Walking tour of Downtown Castle Rock.  Meet at the Courtyard on Perry between 3rd & 4th at 10:30am.
Visit for more information on upcoming presentations and exhibits at the museum.

  • Sept. 8, 2016  -  Presentation by Jeff Miller on his book "Behind the Lines". 
  • Sept. 24, 2016 - Walking tour of Historic Castle Rock.  The tour begins at the Courtyard on Perry Street at 10:30am.
History Corner

Do you remember the old #47 Drive-In?

Yes, Castle Rock did have a Drive-In theater at one time.  Many long time residents remember it while they were in high school.  It had a great location on the East side of the Rock which provided shade from the setting sun in the evening.  One long time resident, Andy Rudolph remembers working at the theater when he was young.  He was even there when it first opened.  Things were not quite ready when the gates opened that first evening.  The screen was made of sheet metal and sprayed & covered so a movie could be seen on it.  The screen laid on the ground & attached to poles from the Denver Streetcar Company.  Only half of the screen was actually raised and in place as patrons were driving in.  There weren't even speakers for the individual cars yet.  

Most movies came on multiple reels. The theater had two projectors, however they were not up to date. So,employees had to use a broom handle with cardboard plates to cover the projection of the movie when switching from one projector to the other.  Before the #47 Drive-In opened, Douglas was one of two or three counties in Colorado which did not have a moving picture house or drive-in of any kind.  People did have the opportunity to view movies in the auditorium of the high school at times.  As far as we can tell the #47 was open from 1956 to 1965.

- THE 5 W's

Do you recognize this building?



Last Month's Photo

St. Francis of Assisi Church
Now known as the Old Stone Church restaurant, this building was originally the St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church.  It was the first Catholic church in Castle Rock, built in 1888.  A vestibule was added around 1923.  Eventually, a new parish was built up the hill on Highway 86.  The building was converted to the restaurant in 1975.

-------  Mark Your Calendars  -------

Coming in October 

Fundraiser event for Castle Rock Museum

at the 

105 West Brewing Company

1043 Park Street, Castle Rock

For the month of October, the staff will donate their tips to the Museum.
So, plan a trip to the 105 West Brewing Company and tip generously

We had a surprise visitor......

The daughter of Continental Divide Raceway owner, Sid Langsam stopped in. She wanted to see our display on the CDR and share some stories about her own experience at the race track.  It was fun getting to spend some time with her and her family.

Membership Update

Please consider continuing to support the CRHS with your membership if you haven't done so already.  Thank you to all those who have already renewed for this year.

     Student - $10.00
     Individual - $20.00
     Family - $35.00
     Lifetime - $150.00
     Lifetime Family - $250.00  
If you haven't visited the museum lately, please come by and see the permanent and ever changing displays.  You might learn something new or even teach us something new.

Thank you from all of us at the Castle Rock Historical Society.

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

The Castle Rock Historical Society Board meets the second Monday of each month.  Meetings are held at the Castle Rock Museum at 5:15pm. All Historical Society members are welcome to attend.

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Cindy Malone
Secretary -  Lynette McNairy
Treasurer - Jim Allamian 
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Events and Fundraising - Open
Historian - Open
Asst. Sec./Treas. - Suzie Perry

Looking for something to do?  We have just the thing for you.  There are a few open positions on the Historical Society Board.  Please consider joining this wonderful group.


Thank you to everyone who came to the Members' Social and to all who helped with the event.

Thank you to our new student volunteer, Dylan McDonald for helping set up for the social.

Also, thanks to Kent Brandebery for helping out at the museum once again.

If you would like to volunteer for refreshments for September, please call the museum 303-814-3164.

Volunteer Opportunities

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Member Meeting Refreshments – Sign up to bring and/or coordinate members to bring refreshments to membership meetings. 

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.  

Historic Marker Manager – The Historical Society has initiated the Historic Marker Program in Castle Rock.  The manager would keep current markers up to date and work to add sites to the program.

Docent – The museum can use docents to cover for vacation time for museum staff.  Docents conduct tours of the museum. 

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 a 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 2016 calendars, books about Castle Rock and Douglas County history.  Also, a handful of children's railroad themed toys, and a limited number of local Castle Rock postcards.

Featured in the Gift Shop:

"Fading Past"

by Susan Consola Appleby


"Walk With Our Pioneers"

by Alice M. Thompson



You can now support CRHS by shopping on Amazon!!

Do you shop on Amazon?  A lot of people do.  So, how's about you help out the CRHS by going to when you do you're online shopping.

You’ll find the exact same low prices, vast selection and convenient shopping experience as, with the added bonus that Amazon will donate a portion of the purchase price to the CRHS. To shop at AmazonSmile simply go to from the web browser on your computer or mobile device, search and select Castle Rock Historical Society and begin shopping and supporting CRHS. 

Recycle - Save those aluminum 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.
Many thanks to those who have already contributed!

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.
Support the Castle Rock Historical Society. Join as a member, make a donation, or sell an item on eBay.

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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 .

Castle Rock Museum Hours
Wed. - Fri  12:00p.m. to 5:00p.m.
Sat. 11:00a.m. to 4:00p.m.
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