October 2014 

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- Exhibits and Events

     *Admission is always free

Santa Fe Quarry Tour


In conjunction with our newest exhibit at the museum and with the assistance of the Town of Castle Rock’s Parks and Recreation Division the Castle Rock Museum will be hosting a tour of the Santa Fe Quarry on Saturday, October 18, 2014. Please be prepared to depart the museum by van at 10:00 AM. Seating is limited and reservations are required. Castle Rock Museum (303) 814-3164



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. 



October's Free Presentation

October 9, 2014
Refreshments at 6:45 pm, Presentation at 7:00 pm
Philip S. Miller Library
100 S. Wilcox St. Castle Rock, Co. 80104
Join us for a presentation from Ed Bathke on the history of the Roxborough area located in Douglas County.

- October's Calendar

  • October 9th - Castle Rock Historical Society's FREE Presentation on Roxborough.
  • October 18th -  Tour of the Santa Fe Quarry east of Castle Rock.

Coming in November...

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

    Speaker: Bob Easterly
    “By an Act of Congress”  A story on one of Colorado’s earliest pioneers Lewis Henry Easterly (Bob’s great-grandfather) an Illinois school teacher who moved west to the new state of Colorado in 1878 and lived in Douglas County.
    Location: Phillip Miller Library 
                     100 S. Wilcox St.
                     Castle Rock, Co 80104
     Date/Time: Thursday, November 13, 2014 
     Refreshments at 6:45 pm, program starts at 7:00 pm.                       


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

With October being the month of ghosts, goblins, monsters, tricks and treats we thought it appropriate to share a "Monster" of a tale with you from the Douglas County News, May 6, 2054.

Northern Douglas County Recovering From "Green Ape" Hoax Of Past Week
Sheriff John Hammond has unmasked the "green monster" that had the Plum Creek district in an uproar for the past week and the curiosity-seekers who, up until Wednesday were over-running the community near the Plum Creek school, having been disillusioned and are looking for other "sights". Warren "Buck" Jump, who lives south of Littleton, was one of three witnesses who reported seeing a strange figure, like a giant green ape dancing and performing antics on an Indian mound. The other two men, aided by the encouragement of Mr. Jump who now admits he was in on the hoax, "took it a little to seriously", Jump said, and the story started snowballing until, with the aid of a front-page spread in the Littleton Independent last week, the whole community was aroused. The two 'witnesses' to the apparition were Tom F. Slinger of Littleton and Frank Barton of Plum Creek Road. Sheriff Hammond, pretty badly put out by the whole phony affair, got the thing straitened out Wednesday when Jump admitted that another man in costume and mask was the "monster" who incidentally was not green at all. The touch of color was added through the process of imagination so often figuring into such details. Sheriff Hammond, however, refused Thursday morning to reveal the identity of the masquerader. He said "there's been enough trouble over the incident already." It seems no one has violated any law, or at least that is the attitude of Sheriff Hammond, so the pranksters came off better than might be expected. Folks in the neighborhood of the incident are glad for two reasons. First, those few who fell for the hoax are glad there really is no need for fear. Secondly, they are especially glad that the crowds which were getting pretty annoying have been dispersed by the exploding of the myth.

- 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.

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 by donating. 

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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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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