August 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

Local Castle Rock stonemason checking the quality of rhyolite.

Join us on Saturday, August 16th for a demonstration and presentation on Castle Rock rhyolite.

In conjunction with our "Building with Rhyolite" exhibit we will be hosting a short presentation by local historian Jerry Persall on the origins of rhyolite, followed by a demonstration from local stonemason Tom Smith, who will demonstrate how rhyolite is cut and trimmed to size by hand.

Rhyolite grand opening a success!!
Come visit 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. 



August's Free Presentation

August 14, 2014
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104
Dr. Jeff Broome of Arapahoe Community College talks about the Hungate Massacre.

- August's Calendar

  • August 14 - Castle Rock Historical Society's FREE Presentation - The Hungate Massacre
  • August 16 - Demonstration and Presentation on Rhyolite
  • August 23 - Heritage Walking Tours of Historic Downtown Castle Rock

Coming in September...

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

    Speaker: Dennis Potter
    Topic: Adolph Coors III Murder 
     Location: Phillip Miller Library 
                        100 S. Wilcox St.
                        Castle Rock, Co 80104
     Date/Time: Thursday, September, 11, 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

  • Guided Walking Tour of Bear Canyon Cemetery

    Saturday, September 27, 2014 5:00 pm-6:00 pm                                 397 S. Perry Park Road Sedalia, Co. 80135                                     For the first time at the Bear Canyon Cemetery we will walk leisurely for about 40 minutes stopping at about a dozen selected grave sites to hear brief stories of the deceased. The tour will be conducted by family genealogists Jerry and Mary Persall with costumed interpreters from the Castle Rock Historical Society and other reenactors. St. Philip-in-the-field Episcopal Church will be open for self guided tours. Refreshments will be served.


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

Boarding House Romance
Castle Rock Journel
Oct. 10, 1881

  Editor Journal:-Mr. and Mrs. Erickson are getting along nicely in the boarding house. The boys are all well pleased, especially with the lady who waits on the table.
  Several of the Swedes have got Castle Rock fever, and are seriously contemplating the marriage question. We think, however, that most of them will have to give it up for a while, at least. Ida seems to have a choice in the matter, so Lind, you and Andrew had better let up for a while, till you see which way the frog is going to jump.
  Loui Larson returned from Denver last evening. Miss Mathewson came with him. Loui, it looks a little suspicious!
  Gust Swanson has got back after several days absence.
  Ned Gartley is talking of starting to Washington Territory in a few days.
  Allen Daken was in town Saturday. He brought in a load of very nice potatoes.
  Harry Jones and Harry McInroy were in town a few minutes yesterday.
  Mr. Ryan was getting along nicely with the construction to the quarry till today. He received notice from the company to reduce the wages of his men from $2.50 to $2.00 per day. Thirty of his men refused to go to work this afternoon. This makes the force small and the work will necessarily be slow. Mr. Fitzgerald , who is running the boarding-train, is feeling quite blue because of the number of men leaving.
  Many of Mr. Donnelly's and Mr. Shay's men went to Castle Rock yesterday; got too much "tangle-foot" and the result was that several of them got into a fight last night and got their time checks this morning.
  Still business goes on.


- 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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