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Castle Rock

Castle Rock, Colorado

www.castlerock.org (Chamber of Commerce)

The Town of Castle Rock is the county seat for Douglas County and is located 35 miles south of Denver and 40 miles north of Colorado Springs. With a population soon to reach 40,000, Castle Rock is a rapidly growing and expanding community. The town is unmistakable with the beautiful namesake “Castle Rock” butte towering over the town. In an article titled “10 Best Towns for Families” in the August 2007 issue of Family Circle Magazine, Castle Rock was selected the number one place to live.

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Castle Rock features a highly utilized Recreation Center which houses the community Senior Center and newly expanded indoor pool areas. The center also offers a wide variety of community activities, workout facility, classes, basketball and racquetball courts. The community also offers Red Hawk Community Golf Course along with numerous private courses. The town also offers a variety of parks and hiking trails, including the trails leading to the Castle Rock for fabulous views of the town and the Front Range. The town also has a wide range of shopping options with the historical downtown shopping area filled with small shops, restaurants, studios and salons. Across town there are the 120 stores at the Outlets at Castle Rock, a mall that draws visitors from Denver, Colorado Springs and beyond.

Native Americans from the Arapahoe and Cheyenne tribes were once inhabitants of the area now known as Castle Rock. The Homestead Act of 1864 and the search for gold brought settlers west. Gold was not found here, but rhyolite stone from three quarries became the major industry along with ranching and cheese production.

Jeremiah Gould is credited with establishing the town. He was an original homesteader who owned the downtown area south of the castle rock. In 1874, he donated 120 acres to “be known as Castle Rock” and the six main downtown streets were laid out; Elbert, Jerry, Wilcox, Perry, Castle and Front as well as the Courthouse Square. Shortly after, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway established a depot in town bringing in supplies for ranchers and shipping rhyolite and cheese. The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert Street is housed in the old train depot.

• Rhyolite can be seen in many historic buildings in the town.

• The Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert St was once the train depot.
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