CASTLE ROCK REAL ESTATE This enigmatic city is the county seat for Douglas County and a much-photographed area opening into the stunningly beautiful valley running south to Larkspur and west to the Front Range. A bedroom community once a "stop over" between Colorado Springs and Denver has grown into a thriving metropolis with several options for living in paradise. Apartments, condos, townhomes, patio homes, single family suburban homes with enclaves of palatial estates dotting the landscape, Castle Rock has it all.
The downtown square is reminiscent of a bygone era filled with boutique shoppes and antique collectibles to stroll through at your leisure or find yourself at one of the newest commercial additions that have made world-class shopping convenient without the drive to Denver. A calendar of events year-round are available for the whole family, 50 plus parks, 87 miles of trails, recreation centers, event center, more than 6,000 acres of open space filled with wildlife and amenities that will meet and exceed the expectations of all. From the old-time cattle drive to kick-off the Douglas County Fair and Rodeo; the Turkey Trot; the Starlighting; outdoor movies and concerts; to zip lining and quick mountain access, this gem of a city doesn't miss the eye of those searching for a slice of the American dream.
The city is growing at a phenomenal rate because it can't stay off the Best of The Best list from many a tabloid or magazine, quick to note the distinct character and benefit features this town offers. Castle Rock has been voted or chosen as one of the top, many times for several years running as: one of the top places to live in Colorado and the Nation; in the best of small cities; best place to raise a family, perfect for young families; great for job seekers and, most importantly, one of the safest cities with a low crime rate.
Residents enjoy the mysterious mix that gives way to a community determined to hold and embrace its small town feel. The draw of both private and open living options makes each neighborhood unique and popular no matter the price point. With the beauty of the outdoors and close proximity to the mountains, this city is a glorious treasure to discover.
HISTORY OF CASTLE ROCK: Located in an area protected from the winds and harsh winter storms of the mountains as they approached the open plains lies Castle Rock. The rolling, hills and buttes provided shelter for the Native Americans and the game they hunted for food. Timberlands, grassy plains and foothills, drained by the Arkansas and the Platte rivers, created a sufficient supply of water while supporting the vegetation crucial to the antelope, buffalo, deer and rabbit essential to the Native American diet and used for tools, clothing and other necessities.
A true tale of the American West, settlers were drawn by rumors of gold and by the Homestead Act of 1863 where the government provided incentives to free men and women to settle on unoccupied land throughout the United States. Most of Castle Rock was settled in this fashion with several family names still prevalent in the area.
One of the first homesteaders, Mr. Jeremiah Gould, owned 160 acres just south of the butte known as "The Rock." The Rock is a butte in the Colorado Piedmont region of the Great Plains, is an area landmark, and is the namesake of the town of Castle Rock. The butte itself is comprised mostly of rhyolite, a rock which is strongly resistant to erosion. About 37 million years ago, a volcanic eruption took place that covered the area around Castle Rock with 20 feet of rhyolite. After a few million years, mass flooding and erosion of the volcanic rock gave way to the castle-shaped butte we see today. Public hiking trails on the butte are in Rock Park, at the intersection of Front Street and Canyon Drive in the city of Castle Rock. The trailhead and parking are about two blocks south of the intersection on Front Street, for a 1.4-mile roundtrip hike to the summit of the town’s namesake. Other trailheads can be found along Canyon Drive and Sunset Drive. The discovery of this beautifully colored rock (rhyolite stone) is said to have placed Castle Rock on the map.
In the 1860's, the community had just a few shacks for prospectors, quarry workers and other hired hands. In 1874, Gould donated 120 acres of his plot to "be known as Castle Rock." It was then that the six streets named Elbert, Jerry, Wilcox, Perry, Castle and Front were laid out. The Courthouse Square was designated, and 77 lots, each 50 by 112 feet, were auctioned for a total of $3,400.
The following year, a new train depot brought the Denver and Rio Grande Railway to the community. Soon, it was unloading supplies for ranchers and shipping rhyolite from the three local quarries and cheese from the dairy farms in the surrounding area. The depot is now home to the Castle Rock Historical Museum on Elbert Street, where visitors are welcomed to learn about the town and more of its inception and history.
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