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Castle Rock History Tour – Walking Old Town
The Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum offers heritage walking tours of the downtown area on the fourth Saturday of each month from June through September.
The tours begin at The Courtyard on Perry Street, between 3rd and 4th Streets, and start at 10:30 am. Each tour will last approximately 45 minutes.
The tour will conclude at the Castle Rock Museum, an exhibit and educational facility operated by the Castle Rock Historical Society. The Museum is located at 420 Perry Street.
The Castle Rock Museum is housed in a structure, which by any account, is its prime artifact. The Denver and Rio Grande Railroad had just been built between Denver and Old Colorado City (Colorado Springs) in 1871. It was the first narrow gauge line in the United States and its builder, General William Jackson Palmer, had selected several communities along its route as deserving of rail sidings or depots. Castle Rock was not one of them until 1874 when it was designated as a county seat of the newly re-aligned Douglas County.
By 1875 a trim small depot was erected on Third Street in the bustling new village of Castle Rock. It was constructed of Rhyolite and designed in the style of the period with wide eaves supported by drop-pendant brackets. The stone work was finely detailed on corners or building edges or around sills and lintels.
Although the depot was moved from trackside to its present location in 1970, it was carefully restored by the Castle Rock Historical Society in 1996 for use as a local history museum. The building still retains original interior features such as the old ticket window and baggage area with 140 years of graffiti on its wall.
The Denver and Rio Grande Depot was placed on the national Register of Historic Places in 1974, and the Castle Rock Register of Local Landmarks in 1994.
Open Wednesday thru Friday, 12-5 p.m., Saturday 11-4 p.m. FREE Admission.