Captions: This panoramic view of Castle Rock during the 1890s includes the town’s modest frame houses and the Douglas County Courthouse with a domed cupola and round windows. Photo courtesy of Denver Public Library. A disastrous fire at the Douglas County Courthouse, set by an arsonist in 1978, resulted in the loss of the town’s most significant historic building.
Rampant growth in Douglas County spurred several residents to safeguard the county seat’s original architecture and small town atmosphere. Recognizing that a town’s architecture reflects its character, in 1994 Castle Rock established a historic preservation board. A survey of the town’s commercial and residential buildings identified significant historic properties, typically built from native stone or timber, and all displaying modest architectural styles with minimal ornamentation. The historic preservation board, a volunteer group of citizens, works with the Castle Rock Planning Department to preserve and enhance Castle Rock’s historic properties.
Caption: The old depot, constructed of native rhyolite, was moved to 420 Elbert
“Castle Rock is a point. It is somewhere. Nature has done something just at that place, it has erected there a great landmark.” Douglas County Attorney, D.D. Belden in the Rocky Mountain News, March 18, 1874.
Location. Marker is missing. It was located near 39° 22.391′ N, 104° 51.608′ W. Marker was in Castle Rock, Colorado, in Douglas County. Marker was at the intersection of Wilcox Street and 4th Street NE & Wilcox Street, on the right when traveling west on Wilcox Street. Touch for map. Marker was in this post office area: Castle Rock CO 80104, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this location, measured as the crow flies. Keystone Hotel (within shouting distance of this marker); Good Roads in Colorado / The Great North-South Highway (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); The Rock / Gray Gold (about 300 feet away); City Hotel (about 500 feet away); Victoria’s House (about 500 feet away); Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot (about 700 feet away); Founders Village (approx. 2˝ miles away); Russellville - History of Franktown / Franktown Country - Timber Industry (approx. 5.9 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Castle Rock.
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Credits. This page was last revised on July 2, 2017. This page originally submitted on August 14, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. This page has been viewed 888 times since then and 37 times this year. Last updated on November 24, 2011, by Keith S Smith of West Chester, Pennsylvania. Photos: 1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on August 14, 2011, by Charles T. Harrell of Woodford, Virginia. 5. submitted on July 1, 2017, by Mark Hilton of Montgomery, Alabama. • Bill Pfingsten was the editor who published this page.