February 2015

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Visit the Newest Exhibit to the Museum

"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 1892-1906 millions of tons of rhyolite was mined (quarried) and shipped all along the Front Range. See current pictures of the more than thirteen dozen rhyolite, mansions, churches, and buildings from Colorado Springs, Castle Rock, Denver, and Cheyenne, Wyoming. 


February's Free Presentation

February 12, 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 for a presentation from local author Carron Barella on the book “More than 36 Days”. The stories of three men who served as US Marines during WWII in the battle for Iwa Jima island. She will be joined by WWII veteran Jim Blaine, who’s stories appear in the book. 

February Calendar

  • February 12, 2015 - Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's Monthly Presentation

Coming in March

  • March 12, 2015 - Join us during Woman’s History Month for a presentation from Shaun Boyd on the Woman of Douglas County. 

  • 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 first fire department located on Third Street. It was constructed and opened in 1940. Today the old CRFD No 1 is part of the building housing Everything Alpaca and Maddie's Biergarten.

- History Corner

The First Firehouse

Castle Rock's fire department started out with nothing more that 300 feet of fire hose mounted on a homemade two wheel cart in 1892. Three years later a Fire Chief was named and instructed to organize a company of no more than seven people. Those who joined were given partial uniforms that included caps, belts, and blouses. In 1903 the hose cart was stored in a shed on Fourth Street between Wilcox Street and Perry Street. To alert people to a fire there was a bell on top of a poll with a wire hanging down to ring the bell . One hundred years ago on February 2, 1915 the first volunteer fire department was was organized and consisted of 15 members and three honorary members. Soon after a hand-drawn chemical cart was added to their equipment. It was not until 1922 that the fire department acquired a Ford hose truck and later that year they purchased an electric siren. In 1929 a GMC LaFrance Fire Engine was purchased, and to speed up response time to out of town calls the chemical cart was mounted on rubber. Twenty-five years after the first volunteers joined the fire department they finally were able to move into their first fire house. In 1935 a building fund was started to construct the building and in 1939 the Castle Rock Firemen's Association was formed. In February, 1940 the building was finished, occupied, and and the firemen held an open house. 

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Shaun Boyd
Secretery/Treasurer - Fleta Nockles
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Fundraising - Sandy Schenecker

-In Our Community

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. 

First Annual 4 Mile Race

We are so excited to announce that we will be partnering with the Rock Tri Club for the very first "Run 4 the Rails" on May 9, 2015. With proceeds going toward the restoration of a newly acquired tool shed that was an original part of the Denver and Rio Grand Railroad in Castle Rock.


The Story Behind the Tool Shed

Back in 1938 when Andy Rudolph's father Bill was named section foreman for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad I'm sure Andy didn't imagine that 76 years later he himself would still be involved with the railroad. We had the blessing of meeting Andy and his wife Kiyoko on September 12, 2014 when they were visiting his boyhood town and stopped into the museum. After spending a couple of hours reminiscing about growing up in Castle Rock and sharing stories of his childhood we learned that Andy's father had moved an old shed that was once the tool house for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot to their family residence sometime in the mid 1950's. With Andy's family still owning the property and the tool house we were very interested when he spoke of having the over 70 year old shed demolished. After some thinking, phone calls, emails, and several visits to the old shed, Andy agreed to donate the building to the museum. What better location to move it to than next to the museum which also happens to be the the old depot for the Denver & Rio Grande Railroad. After being moved at least three times by the railroad before 1955 and then again by Bill Rudolph, the shed was raised, loaded on a trailer and brought to what we hope will be it's  final location. After getting the D & RG tool house moved to the museum to escape demolition, we have learned a few things. One, the shed itself was a wooden boxcar re-purposed by the railroad,  two, you move an old boxcar 2 inch's at a time, and three, 70 year old boxcars need some restoration...  

- 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. 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.

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.
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