Upcoming Events

July 27 & 29: Cherokee Castle Public Tours
July 23: Cherokee Castle presents Bluzone Music Series featuring John Stillwagen
July 25 thru 29: Summer Camp Animal Safari (Cherokee Ranch and Nature Educators) ...ages 7-10
July 26: Cherokee Ranch & Castle sponsored Arts Afield at Nature Educators
July 27: Highlands Ranch Historical Society's Dazzle Jazz Club Lunch and Performance RTD Tour
July 29: High Noon Tea at the Castle (Cherokee Castle)

For programs, concerts, teas and tours at Cherokee Castle, go to their the Castle website at http://cherokeeranch.org and check their Events page.

ALSO ..don't forget to check the Around the West to find events outside of Douglas County.

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Historic Douglas County, Inc. Mission:

The purpose of Historic Douglas County is to expand and enrich public awareness of Douglas County history through education and communication, and through support and coordination among local historical organizations and other related groups.


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The Castle Rock Museum is resident in the original 1875 Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot of Castle Rock. The depot closed in 1965 when passenger traffic waned due to the construction of Interstate 25. In 1970 a young couple, Bill and Joyce Murray, purchased the depot from the railroad for $25 on the condition that it be moved. When they transferred to California in 1996 they sold it to the Castle Rock Historical Society which then went to work to create the museum. Starr and Lionel Oberlin, founders of the Historical Society, had the vision that it could be done. With grants and donations, the society was able to purchase the building and open the museum on October 30th 1997. The museum has been in continuous operation since that opening. Although the building looks remarkably the same it has undergone some major restorations. The rotting window were restored. A new roof replaced the rusty one. A new heating and air conditioning system were installed and the remarkable 140 year-old wooden sliding baggage doors were restored and rehung. Other railroad elements, such as a railroad communications’ shed and a railroad shed made from an old boxcar were reunited with the depot. Since opening the museum hosts both permanent and rotating exhibits to illustrate the amazing history of this remarkable community. Featured exhibits have included, the flood of 1965, the Civilian Conservation Corp Camp, the Continental Divide Raceways track, the Rhyolite Quarries and the Castle Rock Rainforest.

Admin Note: On Saturday, September 16, 2017, Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum will host a 20th Anniversary Celebration event at the Castle Rock Museum, located at 420 Elbert Street, Castle Rock, Colorado 80104.


CALF announces 2017 Legend of Agriculture honorees…

Saturday, July 8, 2017 @ 11:07 AM
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This is a courtesy partial post of the July 4, 2017 article from the <style=”text-decoration:underline;”>High Plains/Midwest Ag Journal

The Colorado Agricultural Leadership Foundation has selected Sandy and Bruff Shea as this year’s Legend of Agriculture Award honorees. CALF will honor them at the 9th annual Legends of Agriculture Dinner on July 28 at the Douglas County Events Center as the kickoff of the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo.
Bruff and Sandy Shea, of Franktown, Colorado, are proud to call themselves natives of Douglas County. They were married in 1970 and will celebrate their 47th anniversary in December.

Sandy was born and raised on the Kelty Bar Mill Iron Ranch, in Franktown. Her great grandfather, Christopher Kelty, homesteaded the ranch in 1881. The family still owns 80 acres of the original homestead and actively farms and ranches the property today. The ranch is one of nine ranches in Douglas County to have received the designation of a “Colorado Centennial Farm” in 1988.

Sandy and Bruff were both 10 year members of Douglas County 4-H. Sandy’s 4-H experience involved raising and showing beef cattle, dairy cattle and horses. Bruff, who considered himself a city kid from Sedalia, completed forestry and electrical projects; as well as a part of the Sedalia 4-H square dance team.

After Sandy and Bruff were married, the Kelty Ranch became the place their children and cousins raised their 4-H livestock projects. During this time, DC 4-H Livestock Judging Team also became a big part of Bruff and Sandy’s lives. Bruff and Sandy enjoy the trip to Gunnison each year for its judging contest; first, to watch their daughters and now the grandkids compete.

Bruff served on the Douglas County Fair Board from 1992-2009. During his time on the board, he held several offices including president, secretary, entertainment director, and sale committee member. Bruff currently serves on the Douglas County Fair Foundation Executive Committee and the Board of Directors of IREA.

CALF presents the Legend of Agriculture Award annually to an individual or individuals who exemplifies Colorado’s rural, agricultural heritage through a mindset of cooperation, discipline and personal excellence through their service to the community and our youth. Past recipients include Bea and John Lowell (CALF founders/benefactors), Russel Cummings, Mildred Stewart, Lindsay and Bill Serrell, Betty and Bob Thomas, Larry Carnahan, Douglas County Young Farmers and Homemakers and Bonnie and Darrell Bell.

Founded in 2002, the Colorado Agriculture Leadership Foundation at Lowell Ranch on Plum Creek three miles south of Castle Rock is a 133-acre working educational ranch that “connects people to agriculture” through authentic educational programs, special events and community projects. CALF aims to inspire lives, nurture leaders, and build lasting relationships while passing on rural values and traditions…



Friday, March 31, 2017 @ 12:03 PM
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CASTLE PINES, APRIL 1: Yes, Historic Douglas County, Inc. (HDC) is honking its own horn with this news post. The April, 2017, edition of The Castle Pines Connection does a nice article on HDC. Managing Editor Lynne Marsala Basche does a nice job providing its readers with an overview of the HDC organization on page 24 of the edition. If you want to go right to the page, click Page 24. If you would like to peruse the entirety of the April edition, go to the digital copy at The Castle Pine Connection. For those of you who haven’t seen The Castle Pines Connection before, it is a well-done monthly billing itself as “The Voice of the 80108 Community.” Honk! Honk! Hopefully, we are coming through!



Monday, March 20, 2017 @ 07:03 PM
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Patsy W. Moore, age 81, a resident of Franktown, Colorado, and former member of the Douglas County Historical Preservation Board and the Franktown Historical Society, died on March 19, 2017 in Parker, Colorado. Patsy was extremely active in Colorado politics and associated organizations. You can read Patsy’s full obituary and information about her final arrangements at Parker and Elizabeth Funeral Homes.

Patsy was predeceased by her parents, her brothers and sisters, by her Husband Leo Moore on December 13, 1996 and her friend Kenneth Hodge on November 10, 2016. Survivors include her son Tommy from Metairie, Louisiana, son David from Highlands Ranch, Colorado and many nieces and nephews.



Monday, March 13, 2017 @ 07:03 AM
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Auraria Campus, DATELINE MARCH 13, 3027: The misty, gray Saturday early morning was left far behind when some sixty judges stepped inside the Tivoli Building at Denver’s Auraria Campus. The Tivoli was the center of judging activity for the Greater Denver Metro Regional, one of fourteen regions in Colorado where middle and senior school students display their love of history and talents in writing essays or designing exhibits and websites, this year centered around the contest’s history theme, Taking a Stand in History. This day was the judging for the culmination of the student’s work in investigating some of the greatest moments in history and learning about the ideas of conflict and resolution, determination, sacrifice and courage. Students chose any historical topic to research and created one of the mediums to the particular person or group of people, or important event or movement to portray how their subject demonstrated a stand in history.

The judges reviewed the work of this year’s 433 participating students in the essay, exhibit and website categories, selecting at the end of the day the top three winners in each category. The chosen winners move on to compete with their work in the Colorado state contest held on May 6. The state contest will yield winners who will then participate in the culminating National Contest in Washington D. C., June 11-15, 2017.

Thanks and congratulations to both the students, the National History Day local administrative workers and the judges who participated. All the administrative staff and judges were volunteers. The students volunteer to participate in National History Day and are superb and passionately dedicated to studying and learning about history.


Castle Rock Museum’s New Exhibit,WORLD WAR I

Monday, March 6, 2017 @ 09:03 AM
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Castle Rock Historical Society & Museum announce the opening of a new exhibit at the Castle Rock Museum, WORLD WAR I. The exhibit, opening April 8, 2017, is reflective of the Great War and brings back the time when America made a grand entrance onto the world stage as the major, saving power in the world. The Dough Boys, one by one, made America great. Fifty-three thousand Americans were killed or lost as “Missing in Action” during the 1914 to 1918 battles and skirmishes. The Museum exhibit is a good, educating sampler for what transpired in the Great War, bringing to mind once again that Freedom is not Free. God Bless America.



Sunday, November 20, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
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castle-rock-starlighting-2016DATELINE CASTLE ROCK NOVEMBER 19, 2016What a day in Castle Rock! The Castle Rock Chamber of Commerce must have a direct, high-speed communication circuit to Mother Nature herself! The skies cleared from the previous day’s horrid weather and temperatures (BUT, much needed moisture) and a beautiful and brilliant blue, cloudless sky, accented by “Ole Sol,” and warmer temperature dropped into Castle Rock on Saturday, November 19 as did a good portion of the population of Douglas County. Unofficial sources estimated the public attendance at 15,000! Since 1936, Castle Rock has been lighting the star on top of THE ROCK. Yes, friends, this was STARLIGHTING 2016 – CASTLE ROCK. Thousands of attendees pack into an area bordered by basically Fifth and Second Streets from the north and south and Jerry and Perry Streets from west to east for fours hours of ushering in “The Season” by perusing non-profit booths, listening to music, meeting friends, eating and drinking various beverages from hot chocolate to a bit of the grape and culminating in witnessing the throwing of the switch to light The Star for The Season! Once The Star comes to life, fireworks spring from the top of The Rock to accent and light The Season for 2016. Each year this event grows in attendance and now has reached out to grab literally thousands of folks. If you missed STARLIGHTING, don’t miss it in 2017. It’s a year away; so tie a string around your finger. You don’t want to forget this event! Gobble, gobble and Here Comes Santa Claus!


Partnerships in Motion

Thursday, November 17, 2016 @ 09:11 AM
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partnerships-in-motionDATELINE UNIVERSITY OF COLORADO SOUTH (formerly Wildlife Experience), NOVEMBER 15, 2016

-Billed as Partnerships in Motion and presented by the Board of County Commissioners, Jill Repella, David Weaver and Roger Partridge, an audience of representatives from the dozens of partnerships that interface with the Douglas County Government enjoyed a splendid breakfast and a multi-media presentation that profiled the 2016 State of the County. The event was excellent …well organized, concise and well presented, providing a wide range of information and compliments to the extensive number of partners that assist Douglas County in achieving the Board of Commissioners’ goals, focusing on Multimodal Transportation, Personnel and Public Safety, Natural Resources, Community Services and Economic Prosperity.

chaplain-tim-ralphAfter breakfast, Douglas County Chaplain Tim Ralph opened the event with the invocation. Board Commissioner Chairman David Weaver then introduced his fellow Commissioners, Jill Repella and Roger Partridge. Then, in respective order, each Commissioner spoke to one of the five primary goals of the Commission and what had been achieved in 2016 …the achievements which, in large part, were attributed to numerous specific partners within the community, including a wide-variety of contractors, muniipalities, and non-profit organizations. Each goal area was augmented by a brief video and representatives of the specific partners mentioned during the profile of the accomplishment toward the goal weres asked to stand and be recognized.

The event was concluded with Chairman Weaver recognizing the outstanding work of Commissioner Jill Repella who will leaving the Board of Commissioners because of term limits. As indicated, this Partnerships in Motion was extremely well done. This was the first time the event was held by the Board of Commissioners and is certainly encouraged to become an annual event.

The audience left the event elated and being very proud of Douglas County. It is both a privilege and a joy to live and raise a family in this excellent, community focused, high tech and rural environment.



Saturday, November 12, 2016 @ 10:11 AM
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veterans-day-tribute-in-castle-rock-11-11-16DATELINE CASTLE ROCK NOVEMBER 11, 2016 – A tribute under the watchful eye of Freedom’s Keeper at Fourth and Wilcox in Castle Rock patriotically honored all military service veterans, living and deceased. The tribute was opened by H. C. Miller American Legion Post 1187‘s Presentation of Colors followed by our National Anthem by Tony David and Kenny. Theron Walker of the Emmaus Anglican Church and David Maxwell, US Army Ret. opened with the Invocation and Pledge of Allegiance, respectively, followed by the Opening Remarks, Introduction of Guests and Recognition of Veterans by Randy Reed, US Army Ret. Douglas County Commissioner David Weaver provide the Welcoming Remarks and a touching story of David Miller’s four and a half years as a prisoner of war. ChiefBob Rotruck, US Navy Ret., read his stirring poem, The Veterans Kindred Spirit and Ken Reck, US Navy, solemn concluded the tribute with the playing of Taps while the audience left the grounds. The Tribute was well arranged and provided a most appropriate recognition of our veterans, reminding us once again that Freedom is not Free. God bless all veterans and God bless America.


They’re Back! The HDC Players…

Friday, October 21, 2016 @ 12:10 PM
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hdc-players-2016-2017DATELINE FRANKTOWN OCTOBER 20, 2016They are back, indeed …those educating Historic Douglas County, Inc. actresses and actors, known collectively as The Players. The Players debuted their 2016-17 school-year season at Franktown School for two second grade classes. Mr. Dennis, our Wagon Master and time machine pilot (who has been watching too much of Timeless, the new television show that aired this year) took Franktown Elementary’s second grades, their teachers and The Players back 150 years in time to the mid-1800s where every character and everything presented took place. And, “Yes, Mr. Dennis got everyone back to the present before The Players left the school premises!” William Greeneberry Russell, friends and family call him “Green,” made an appearance to laud the first discovery of gold in Douglas County and teach the children about the use of elephants. And, “Frank,” AKA: James Frank Gardner followed the elephants, and founded Frankstown, built the California Ranch, became Douglas County’s first politician and held every County office with the exception of Sheriff. Ms. Babbett, just back from her gig at the Moulin Rouge cabaret in Paris, wowed the second graders with both her sewing skills and cave dwelling on the Prairie Canyon Ranch before all of The Players tackled the barrage of questions offered by the students and Mr. Dennis ultimately hitting the right combination of switches that closed and reopened everyone’s eyes, whisking all of the students, teachers and The Players back to the present.

Seriously, the pioneer and cultural re-enacting bevy of Historic Douglas County, Inc.‘s Players do a superb job of educating elementary students in a fun-filled ways about early Douglas County, Colorado. If you are an educator that would like The HDC Players to address your class, check us out at the Character Reenactments portion of our Education Resources on this website. You can contact us through our Contact Page also on this website.


Non-profit and Mailing Address Info | Box 2032 | Castle Rock | Colorado 80104
IRS Non-profit certified under the 501(c)3 section of the Internal Revenue Code: EIN: 26-4211562; DLN: 17053091004039
Registered as a Non-profit Corporation in the State of Colorado: 200910555341