April 2016

Castle Rock Historical Society 
and Museum

Admission is Always FREE!!


- Exhibits and Events


1st Annual
Victoria's Tea

Join us for the first annual Victoria's Tea to benefit the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum.  Guests will enjoy tea, scones, music and great stories.  Come as you are or wear your finest outfit or hat. Cups will be provided or bring your own to show off.


May 21, 2016

2:00pm - 4:00pm

The Gathering Place
Christ's Episcopal Church
 615 4th Street Castle Rock


Tickets:  Adults $18.00  /  members $15.00    Child $12.00 / member $10.00


Tickets are available for purchase at the Castle Rock Museum.

Coming in May.....

A new exhibit about the history of the 
Denver & Rio Grande Railway

We are looking for any D&RG artifacts to add to our display.  We are asking if anyone would like to loan any items to the museum to enhance the exhibit.

There's still time to visit the
50th Anniversay display of

"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.


April's Presentation Program


April 14, 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, April 14, 2016 for a presentation by renowned broadcaster and former Channel 9 News anchor, Ed Sardella.  He will discuss interesting news stories he has covered in his career and how news has evolved over the decades. 


For more information contact the Castle Rock Museum
museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org, www.castlerockhistoricalsociety.org. 

History Corner

Long before the telegraph was invented people relayed information over distances by drum beats and smoke signals. This was not always an efficient means of getting important news.  Finally, in the 1830's and 1840's Samuel Morse and other inventors in Europe developed the telegraph which revolutionized long distance communication.  It was no longer dependent on good weather and great vision to find out what was going on in distant towns. 

Samuel Morse developed a code (Morse code) that assigned a set of dots and dashes to each letter.  The fewer dots and dashes for the most used letters and more for the least used letters.  In 1844, Morse sent his first telegraph message from Washington D.C. to Baltimore, MD.  By 1866, a telegraph line had been laid across the Atlantic from the U.S. to Europe.  Initially, the code was rendered as marks on a piece of paper that the telegraph operator would then translate back into English. Rather quickly, however, it became apparent that the operators were able to hear and understand the code just by listening to the clicking of the receiver, so the paper was replaced by a receiver that created more pronounced beeping sounds.  The use of the telegraph decreased with the invention of the telephone and by the 21st century has been replaced by fax machines, internet and cell phones.  The telegraph can be credited with laying the groundwork for all those future inventions. Although some feel we're circling back around to telegraph like communications with the use of texting.

Artifact of the Month

Telegraph key
telegraph key

Guess who came to visit....

Thanks to the warm weather earlier in March, it was a great day when the third graders from Castle Rock Elementary came to visit the Museum.  Volunteers even took them on guided walking tours of Downtown Castle Rock.

Thank you to Suzie Perry and Sharesa Fetrow for volunteering to earn their 10,000 steps for the day and to Guy Mordeaux for entertaining and teaching the children and parents about Castle Rock.

Fred Summers from Kyle, Texas stopped by while driving through Colorado in the Pace for life Pace Car.

- THE 5 W's

Do You know what year this picture was taken?

Last Month's Photo


George Triplett house at 15 Lewis Street.  George A.Triplett was station agent/telegraph operator at the Castle Rock Depot in 1881 and then became Mayor of Castle Rock in 1893. He married Hattie Streeter July 3, 1818.  Triplett owned a hardware store in town in 1908.  He was very active in Douglas County politics having served as County Judge, County Treasurer, and a member of the Castle Rock Town Council.  He became Clerk of the District Court in 1918.  He died in April of 1918.  His initials can be seen on the inside wall of the Castle Rock Depot (now Museum).  Probably being the first to make his mark on the wall.

Membership Update

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

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.

April's Calendar

  • April 14, 2016 - Come meet and listen to Ed Sardella, renowned broadcaster and retired news anchor for Channel 9 News.

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

  • May 12, 2016 -  Presentation by the Deputy State Librarian of New Mexico, Joy Poole. She will discuss a book she edited about Dr. Rowland Willard who traveled the Santa Fe Trail in 1825.

  • May 14, 2016 -  Trolley Tours of Castle Rock. 

  • May 21, 2016 -  Victoria's Tea at Christ's Episcopal Church 2:00 - 4:00pm.  Please join us for our first annual CRHS tea.  Come enjoy food, tea, entertainment and great company.  Tickets are available for purchase at the Museum.

Future Program Ideas

We could use your input on planning future field trips for the CRHS.  We have some ideas and would like to know if people would be interested in visiting these sights:


               Santa Fe Rhyolite Quarry

               Castlewood Canyon

                Lamb Spring Archaeological Site

                Union Station


Please contact the Castle Rock Museum at museum@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org to let us know if these trips sound interesting.  Also, we'd like to know if you have any other suggestions for places to visit.

Up For Grabs.......

We have a few items that we no longer can use or have space to store. 

Double Sized four poster rope bed.


25 slot magazine/brochure display.


And a four drawer filing cabinet.

They don't cost anything, but a donation would be appreciated.

- 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. - Suzie Perry

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.


Once again, thank you to Guy Mordeaux, Suzie Perry and Sharesa Fetrow for volunteering to help with the school tour.  Also, thank you to Kent Brandebery for helping at the Museum when we are short staffed.

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.


April 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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Think of the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum on  Colorado Gives Day.
Donate Here.

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!

We're sorry to announce that local historian and the First Director of the Castle Rock Museum, Lionel Oberlin, passed away on Feb. 17, 2016. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his family and friends.  Lionel was instrumental in creating the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum and we will be forever thankful.

If you would like to send a note to Lionel Oberlin's daughter, Wendy, she can be reached at: 
4015 Wallingford Ave N.
Seattle, Wa. 98103-8218 


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 president@castlerockhistoricalsociety.org .

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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