January 2016

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Going, going......almost gone!

"Deluge of the Century,

The Flood of 1965"

In 1965 Castle Rock was cut off from the rest of Colorado when Plum Creek and Sellar's Gulch flooded the city and washed out the bridges. Come in to the museum to find out what bridge this was and how much water rushed through Castle Rock before flowing into the Platte river and flooding Denver.

Also on Exhibit


A two foot section of the wooden water line that provided Castle Rock with water from 1916 until 1940.  This wood stave pipe supplied 75,000 gallons of water per day from East Plum Creek to downtown.
 A large section of the pipe was dug up in June of 2014 near the Crystal Valley Parkway.


Museum Makeover


Come see the redesigned Douglas County Schools and Douglas County & Castle Rock Government display.


January's Presentation Program


January 14, 2016
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 January 14, 2016 for a presentation by Paula Lasky from the Daughters of the American Revolution. Have you ever wondered if you could be a part of the DAR?  Ms. Lasky will be speaking on how to trace your ancestors to see if you could be a part of the newly formed chapter of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Castle Rock.


For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164,, Admission is free.  



January's Calendar

  • January 14, 2016 - Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's Monthly Presentation.

  • 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 Month's Photo

In 1906 residents from England and Wales built Castle Rock's third church, Christ's Episcopal Church on a lot purchased for $200.00 by Mr. and Mrs. Charles Ellis and then donated to the church.  Crafted from Rhyolite stone from the local quarry, the building displays Gothic arched stained glass windows and a high gable roof.  A cornerstone of Colorado marble was laid in the building at the time of construction and contains a copy of the Castle Rock Journal dated August 10, 1906 and a roster of the Town officers elected the previous spring.  Over the years, additions have been made to the original chapel.  A new worship space was built on the edge of the church property in 2005, however the old chapel is still used for small services and weddings.  

Artifact of the Month

19th Century strap-on ice skates made of
wood, metal and leather.

The first ice skates, about 4000 years ago, were made from animal bones.
By the early nineteenth century the skates you see above where in use in Finland.  
By 1865,  the two plate, all metal blade (see below)
 that attached to the
boot of the skater, was developed in the United States.

 History Corner

Ice skating has been around since prehistoric times.  Primitive animal bone ice skates have been found in Scandinavia and Russia, some dating back to about 3000 BC.  Of course, it was not a graceful sport back then.  The Dutch moved skating toward more modern times by adding metal blades in the 13th or 14th centuries.  International figure skating began in the 18th century and in the 1908 Summer Olympics in London ice skating was the first winter sport to be included in the Olympics.  With all that said, the earliest reference to ice skating we can find in Castle Rock is in the late 1800"s, there was mention of "ice skating on the rink below town".  In 1933 it was noted that the Fire Department fixed up the old Chrisman Ice Pond (by fixing broken dykes & digging out ditches) as a community project for the kids to enjoy ice skating.  In the early 1950's the local Lions club raised money to seal the tennis courts behind the Court House to turn them into an ice skating rink.  There was even a "wanted" add posted by a local Boy Scout Troop for granny sacks to help shade the ice on the tennis courts.  Luckily, we don't have to worry about digging out ditches or makeshift shading of the ice with the current ice rink in Castle Rock located right on Perry Street - isn't progress great.

By the way, does anyone know where the Chrisman Ice Pond was located? We'd like to know too.


Colorado Gives Day

a great success.

Thank you to everyone who donated on Colorado Gives day and for those who joined or renewed a membership.  We appreciate the continued support.

Membership Update

As we start the new year we would like to take a moment to thank all of our members.  Because of your support we are able to provide fun and informative activities throughout the year.  Such as the monthly presentations at the Library, walking tours around town and the cemeteries, social gatherings and lots of tours of the museum. We currently have 75 active members. It would be great if we could break 100 in 2016.  So, tell all your friends and maybe even think about giving a membership as a gift.  Keep in mind members get a discount at the museum gift shop.

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. - Open 

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.




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. Cookies and drinks are all that is required, but your inspirations would be great too.  The Society holds monthly program meetings for the benefit of its members.

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.  Past trips have included an historic tour of Denver, tours to local rhyolite quarry sites, tours to interesting sites around Douglas County,  a tour of Glen Eyre (home of Gen William Palmer) and others.   A Tour planner would arrange for several tours a year and serve as host for the tour.

Historic Marker Manager – The Historical Society has initiated the Historic Marker Program in Castle Rock.  A local site with an interesting history has a metal plaque with a QR code (readable by a smart phone) with information and pictures about the history of the property.  Twenty markers have been placed thus far.  More locations certainly qualify.  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.  A great way to increase your knowledge about Castle Rock and meet interesting people at the same time.  Volunteer for as little as two hour commits.

Gift Shop photographs - The museum gets a lot of requests for postcards and copies of its old photographs.  The museum could use a volunteer to arrange for some of its photographs to be made into postcards and prints for the gift shop.

We have several Douglas County Historic Calendars from years gone by that are available at no cost.  They include the years 2010, 2012, and 2013.  If you missed those years, stop by and get a copy while they last.

-In Our Community

  • The museum is asking if anyone has any old copies of the Castle Rock Journal newspaper or other local newspapers from 1875.   Please contact the museum if you would be willing to let us take a look at the papers.

  • We are also looking for any photos of Mary Briscoe who was a nurse in Castle Rock from 1895 - 1958.
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. 

The Sounds of the Season

Thank you to everyone who attended the open house at Christ's Episcopal Church on Dec. 12th.  Thank you also to Kathy Mordeaux for playing the wonderful full pipe organ.

- 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, 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.


January Specials

Mary Cornish 1994, Limited Edition, "Historical Castle Rock."  These are 11x14 matted prints, originally $45, now available in time for Christmas for $15.95.   

Hal Rice 
"Castle Rock, Denver & Rio Grande RR, c. 1902."  Only three of these  prints from the original watercolors by Colorado artist Hal Rice. Two 11x14 matted prints for $15.95 (orig. $45), and one framed print of the same size for $29.95 (orig $65).
Either of these two artist's prints would make
a wonderful addition to your family room or den, 
or a gift to loved one out of state.  

We are also offering special prices on our entire selection of Vintage matted prints of Castle Rock.  Selections include, 1920s Wilcox St., 1930-40s Starlighting, and many more.  Normally priced at $24, these are now available for $9.95.  
Also:  we have received numerous 8x10 matted, color photographs of Roxborough Park, and wildlife, available for $5.95.  

We still have lots of B&W and color photos, 8.5x11 for $4.75. 


   2016 Calendars


The new 2016 Historic Calendars are here!!  Published by Historic Douglas County, Inc., the Calendar is now available here.  Suggested donation - $5.  
We also have available, for free, leftover calendars from 2010, 2012, & 2013.

Also now available in our gift shop: homemade "jams and/or jellies" in various sizes and flavors.

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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Think of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum on  Colorado Gives Day.
Donate Here.

Thank you "Again"
Renaissance Elementary School

Thank you for donating even more aluminum cans.  This will push us over our goal of earning $100.00 in recycling for 2015. We appreciate the continued support.

Thank you also to everyone else who has given us cans.
 Keep'em comin'.

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!

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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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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