December 2014

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Mencenberg Quarry Tour

In conjunction with our newest exhibit at the museum Tom Smith from Douglas County Split Stone Company of Sedalia lead a large group on a tour of the Mencenberg Quarry, the last operational rhyolite quarry in Douglas County.  It was a beautiful day and we got to see the proper technique for splitting a large piece of rhyolite.

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. 


December Calendar

  • No planned events in the month of December, HAPPY HOLIDAYS!!

Coming up...

- THE 5 W's

Do you know about this present day historical location?
Come into the museum for the answers to these questions.

- History Corner

The Story Behind the 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 inchs at a time, and three, 70 year old boxcars need some restoration...donations always welcome.  

A BIG thank you to Old Than Dirt Construction for moving the D & RG tool shed. Videos of the move can be seen at

- Historical Society News

For next years starlighting if you would like to her the song "Star of Castle Rock" from the cd "A Castle Rock Christmas" performed by members of the Castle Rock Historical Society please write to

-In Our Community

Colorado Gives Day Is Approaching!!


December 9, 2014 will be the date for this years Colorado Gives donation drive. Please support the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum by donating. 

- In the Gift Shop

Looking for unique Christmas gifts this year? 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", the wonderful holiday CD "A Castle Rock Christmas", 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.


Along with these popular titles and the Castle Rock Historical Society's Christmas cd, "A Castle Rock Christmas".

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.
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 .
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