February 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.


February's Presentation Program


February 11, 2016
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104

Please join us on Thursday February 11, 2016 for a Member participation evening on “Love is in the Air”.  We’re asking people to bring in vintage valentine’s and other memorabilia about love in your family.  You can bring in old wedding photos of your parents or grandparents and share stories of how they met. Refreshments will be served at 6:45 pm with the presentation starting at 7:00 pm. 

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

Artifact of the Month

1913 Wedding Dress

This lovely silk wedding dress was donated by the Lewis Monk family. It was worn by Gladys Monk on her wedding day to Lewis Monk.  They were married in Naponee, Nebraska on Dec. 24, 1913 and later moved to Castle Rock.  They are believed, at one time to have owned the property on which the Castle Rock Museum now sits and did live in the house next to the Museum parking lot. They were well known in the community. Gladys Monk was known for her beautiful flower gardens. This dress and a few others will soon be on display in the museum.
History Corner

Looking back through history, wedding dresses customarily could be many colors; gold, mauve, pale pink and deep blue seemed to be the most popular.  They were often described in the newspaper as being a suit with a fancy hat. In 1840, Queen Victoria of England wore a white dress for her wedding.  It was considered an unusual choice. Effective bleaching techniques had not yet been developed, making white a hard color to achieve and maintain for the average woman.  Victoria's dress was made from heavy silk satin and embellished with lace.  This resulted in a boost in lace production.  Orange flower blossoms, a symbol of fertility also trimmed the dress and made up the wreath which she wore instead of a tiara over her veil.  Queen Victoria has been credited with starting the tradition of white weddings and white bridal gowns although she was not the first royal to be married in white. Then in 1858 Queen Victoria's daughter, Princess Vicky married Prince Frederick of Prussia. As the couple left the church they were serenaded by Mendelssohn's "The Wedding March".  It is said that this was the first time it was ever played at a wedding.

- 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

211 4th Street: This lot was one of the first property lots bought in town.  William Dillon purchased two lots as an investment. He constructed the two story gabled roof building and its single story, wood framed neighbor with a stairway connecting the two in the middle.  Soon after, he sold them to Charles Miller. Charles Miller was a well-known undertaker in Colorado. J.B. Hackett was undertaker at this location from 1899 to 1907. It is believed that Charles Miller owned the property and business and that Hackett ran it. Hackett was also referred to as the County Coroner at that time.  The property went on to house many different businesses through the years.

Membership Update

     Student - $10.00
     Individual - $20.00
     Family - $35.00
     Lifetime - $150.00
     Lifetime Family - $250.00

It is renewal time for many of our memberships, so thank you to everyone who have renewed recently. 
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.

February's Calendar

  • February 11, 2016 - Castle Rock Historical Society monthly presentation on "Love is in the Air".

  • Visit for more information on upcoming presentations and exhibits at the museum.

  • March 10, 2016 - Tribute to silent movies in honor of the Academy Awards.  Come enjoy a Buster Keaton movie and some Oscar trivia.
  • April 14, 2016 - Come meet and listen to Ed Sardella formerly of Channel 9 News.
  • May 12, 2016 - Come learn about the Arlington Ladies and Arlington National Cemetery.

- 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.

Presentation Refreshment sign up:
              February 11th - Gloria Kuhn
              March 10th - Claudia Belmessieri



Thank you to Susie Perry for bringing refreshments to the January presentation meeting and for volunteering at the museum.  Also, thank you to Kent Brandebery for helping at the museum.  We always appreciate people coming into help when we are short handed.

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.


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. 

- 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.


February 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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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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