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Castle Rock Centennial Celebration 1981

Douglas County History Research Center
Douglas County Libraries
100 S. Wilcox Street
Castle Rock, Colorado 80104
Phone: 303-688-7730

© 2017

Profile Description

Creation: Encoded by Sarah Stevens 2017-04-10
Language: Finding aid is in English

Collection Summary

RepositoryDouglas County Libraries / 100 S. Wilcox St. / Castle Rock, CO 80104 / Phone: 303-688-7730
Creator Unknown
Title Castle Rock Centennial Celebration
Dates: 1981
Size 1 folder; 50 photographs
Abstract: The Castle Rock Centennial Celebration 1981 Collection contains fifty photographs of the Castle Rock Centennial Celebration that occurred on July 2-4, 1981 in downtown Castle Rock.
Collection Number1994.045

Arrangement of the Collection

Collection is arranged into the following series and subseries: 1. Raising the "Street" 2. Raising the "Old Town" 3. Reconstructed Old Town 4. Misc. Crowd Scenes 5. Costumes 6. Horses and Dogs 7. Ceremonies and Officials 8. Games 9. Tug of War 10. Firemen Water Fight 11. 5-10 K Race 12. Melodrama 13. Band and Choir 14. Swimming Races 15. Hot Air Balloon 16. Fireworks Note: This arrangement was imposed on the collection by an unknown source and does not reflect the original arrangement of the collection or the arrangement system of the creator.

Scope and Content

The Castle Rock Centennial Celebration 1981 Collection contains photographs that capture the events at the Castle Rock Centennial, a community celebration that took place in downtown Castle Rock on July 2-4, 1981. The celebration was coordinated primarily by the Castle Rock Centennial Committee, but involved collaboration from several community organizations. According to newspapers, the price of admission was the purchase of a bonnet, button, or beard, and while the total number of attendees remains unknown, over 5,000 buttons were sold. Many of the celebration's attendees wore festive and historically inspired costumes, which are displayed in the photographs. The Castle Rock Centennial Celebration 1981 collection depicts several specific events that occurred during the celebration. A portion of Wilcox Street, between Third and Fourth Streets, was reconstructed so that it appeared the way it did in 1881. For the reconstruction of historic downtown, different community organizations built and contributed mock building facades and storefronts, including a saloon, created by the Lions Club, a general store, created by the Eagles, a café created by the women of St. Francis Assisi church, and a Methodist church, created by a local Methodist organization. The Douglas County Historical Society additionally participated in this historic "Old Town" with a slide show exhibit of local historic sites, and the Centennial Committee handed out recreated old newspapers and information about historic sites in Castle Rock. One photograph documents the traditional cornerstone laying ceremony performed by the Masonic lodge at the new Douglas County Courthouse. The ceremony took place on July 3rd, 1981 at 10:30 a.m. The mayor of Castle Rock, Tim White, and the Chairman of the County Commissioners, William G. Duncan, participated in the brick laying. Two photographs capture the Centennial Run, a series of one 3-mile and one 6.2-mile races that took place on July 4th, 1981. More than 700 runners participated, including then Colorado Governor, Richard Lamm. There are no photographs of Governor Lamm participating in the run, there are two photographs in the collection that include him. The celebration included a variety of performances represented in the collection: Douglas County High School band and choir performances, a performance by a women's choir, and a performance of the play "How Castle Rock Stole the County Seat." Other events and festivities captured in the photographs include: wagon rides pulled by mules, a fireman's contest, a display of fireworks from the top of the Rock, tug-of-war competitions, swimming races, and a hot air balloon.

Biography / History

The Douglas County Historical Society informally came together around 1967 and began electing officers in 1969. They were the primary historical organization in Douglas County during their time. Their activities around 1981, the time of the Castle Rock Centennial Celebration, included a book project documenting the history of Douglas County, identification and tours of historic sites, and outreach projects, such as a series of historical reenactment performances at the Castle Rock Centennial Celebration. The group hosted a slide show exhibit at the Centennial Celebration and provided attendees with information regarding the county's foundations and historic sites. The group provided the core collection of historic materials in the foundation of Douglas County History Research Center when the group disbanded in 1992, and the Castle Rock Bicentennial 1981 Collection was found among these materials by an archivist in 1994.

Access Terms

Bands (Music)
Castle Rock (Colo.)
Centennial celebrations, etc.
Choirs (Music)
Community life
Douglas County (Colo.)
Douglas County Courthouse (Castle Rock, Colo.)
Duncan, William G.
Fraternal organizations
Historical reenactments
Lamm, Richard
Local history
Rites and ceremonies
Swimming pools
Wilcox Street (Castle Rock, Colo.)


Access Restrictions

Douglas County History Research Center material is non-circulating, requires staff retrieval and is available by appointment during normal library hours.

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Copy Restrictions

The collection is used in the presence of the Douglas County History Research Center staff. Some items may be fragile and may only be duplicated with permission of the Douglas County History Research Center staff.

Administrative Information

Preferred Citation

Castle Rock Centennial Celebration 1981, Douglas County History Research Center. Douglas County Libraries, Castle Rock, CO.

Acquisition Information

Donated by Douglas County Historical Society

Processing Information

Processed by Sarah Stevens


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