October 2015

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events

Bear Canon Cemetery Tour 

Join us tomorrow, Saturday, Oct. 3, for a walking tour of the Bear Canon Cemetery.  The land for this area cemetery was "donated in 1873 with the stipulation that it should be free to all settlers."  Adjacent to Saint Philip-in-the-Field Church, the cemetery and church are maintained by the Bear Canon Cemetery Association and the St. Philip-in-the-Field Episcopal Church of Sedalia.
Our walking tour will be from 5:00-6:00 pm. conducted by Castle Rock Historical Society members Jerry and Mary Persall.

Visit the Newest Exhibit to the Museum

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. 

October's Presentation Program

October 8, 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 on Thursday October 8, 2015 for a presentation from Laura Ruttum from History Colorado, speaking on the Steven Hart Library that is located in the History Colorado Museum. For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164,, Admission is free.  

October's Calendar

  • October 3, 2015 - Dusk walking tour of Bear Canyon Cemetery in Sedalia.

  • October 8, 2015 - Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum's Monthly Presentation and annual business meeting.

  • October 24, 2015 - Dusk walking tour of Cedar Hill Cemetery in Castle Rock.

Coming in November

  • November 12, 2015 - Nathan Boyles from Lamb Spring will give a talk on the archaeological site unearthed by Charles Lamb in 1958. 

  • 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

Built in 1905, this building was home to the Douglas County Mercantile until 1942 when, under new ownership, it became the Richardson Lumber Company, owned by Clyde Richardson.  Today, "The Barn" houses over 20 shops dealing in antiques, art, and collectibles. 

Artifact of the Month

Because cattle horns can be dangerous to humans as well as the cattle themselves, their horns are often removed.  This process is difficult and can be painful for the cattle if not done properly.
While controversial, the process, and this type tool, is still used to this day.

- Historical Society News

Castle Rock Historical Society Board

President - Dorothy Kelly
Vice President - Shaun Boyd
Secretery - Lynette McNairy
Education - Guy Mordeaux
Events and Fundraising - Sandy Schenecker

Treasurer - Jim Allamian


A big thank you to Macy Heath for volunteering over her summer vacation,  Brad Morrison for all his work on some of the great photo's on display in the museum, Maria Lunn for volunteering her time to lead a  "1965 Flood" Trolley Tour, and Kent Brandeberry, for the usage of many of his priceless artifacts, his wealth of knowledge for the local history, and all the time he volunteers at the museum. We are truly grateful for all you do!! 

Are you looking for a way to help preserve history in Castle Rock? The Castle Rock Historical Society is looking for someone to fill the Vice President position in September and a Historian to join the board. If you or someone you know would be interested in either one of these positions please contact the Castle Rock Museum by phone (303) 814-3164 or by email

Volunteer Opportunities

Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum

Historian – The Society needs a volunteer to collect and maintain the historic records of the Society.  Collect news, announcements and articles on activities and events of the Society to maintain its history.

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.

Walking Tour Guide – The historical society and museum conduct four planned historic walking tours of downtown Castle Rock during the summer months.  We could use more volunteers to conduct these tours as well as tours for groups by special request.  School group walking tours are also sometimes requested.

Docent – The museum can use docents to cover for vacation time for museum staff.
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

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 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

   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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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. 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 .
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