Self-Guided Walking Tours Provide a Glimpse of the Many Historical Buildings in Castle Rock
I live in Castle Rock and am constantly amazed at the rich history. Did you realize there are dozens of historic buildings in Castle Rock? With the expansion of Castle Rock over the past couple of decades and with all the new buildings and residential areas that have sprouted outside of Castle Rock’s downtown vicinity, it can be hard to remember that Castle Rock was founded in 1874 and incorporated in 1881. Unlike many of the newer areas in Castle Rock, the center of Town contains many distinctive, unique and original structures that each carries its own historical narrative.
There are many different ways to learn more about the history of Castle Rock and about the historic buildings in the area. One popular destination in Castle Rock is the Castle Rock Historical Society and Museum located at 420 Elbert Street, Castle Rock, CO 80104. The museum itself is housed in one of Castle Rock’s most historically significant building – the old Denver & Rio Grande Railroad Depot which was originally built in 1875. The building was actually moved from its original location near the railroad tracks to its present location in 1970 where it was eventually restored so it could be transformed into a local history museum.
The Castle Rock Historical Society has been in existence since 1991 and the mission of the organization is to preserve and educate the public about the many historic buildings in Castle Rock as well as the heritage of the area. The society provides guided tours throughout Castle Rock, special educational programs, and notable public speakers for the purpose of promoting an appreciation of Castle Rock’s history and overall significance in the original settlement and development of the State of Colorado.
Besides the Castle Rock Historical Society, the Town also has an active Historic Preservation Board that was established in the mid-1990s. The purpose of the Board is to designate specific buildings as official area landmarks and also to work directly with the Castle Rock’s Town Council. Anyone with an interest in learning more about the guide that Castle Rock uses in determining architectural regulations on new construction as well as desired modifications to buildings that have been designated as “historic” should view the Style Guide on the Town of Castle Rock’s website.
Interested in a self-guided walking tour of historic Castle Rock neighborhoods? In 2006 the Town of Castle Rock Historic Preservation Board published two self-guided walking tour maps. One map guides visitors through the Craig and Gould Neighborhood and the other guides visitors through the Historic Downtown area. Each map is easy to print and bring along on your self-guided tour(s). The maps are simple to follow and provide excellent information on the many historic buildings and sites that you will see as you make your way around the Town of Castle Rock.
Our Wise Listing System Team, along with Doug James have taken the walking tour thru the Craig and Gould neighborhood, it's really interesting. If you'd like more information, feel free to call us at 303-814-3684, we're happy to share our experience.