Books by Castle Rock Writers!

Castle Rock Writers is a Colorado nonprofit corporation whose vision is to provide education and support for published and unpublished writers through affordable conferences and workshops, including outreach to young adult writers. The groups has published two books on regional history. Embrace Douglas County’s rich heritage!

Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado


It’s hard to imagine that Douglas County’s breathtaking vistas—now occupied by expanding suburbs and quiet, open spaces—were once the home to dinosaur herds and, later on, nomadic Indian tribes. The nation’s second gold rush brought those seeking great fortunes to central Colorado, but it was the untapped potential of the area and a dream of taming the land that appealed most to early settlers of Douglas County. Pioneers like General Bela Hughes and John D. Perry (whose agreement led to the railroad connection across Kansas to Denver) and Martin Henry Goddard (who, along with his wife, Nellie, ran the Rhode Island Hotel) were among the first of many settlers to establish roots here. Join the Castle Rock Writers for a journey through the history of this land and the diverse legacy left behind by those who made it their home.

The contributing authors are Jean Jacobsen, Alice Aldridge-Dennis, Tania Urenda, Susan Rocco-McKeel, Mark A. Cohen, John Longman, Derald Hoffman, and Kimberlee Gard. The book is available for $20.

Publisher: The History Press       Publication date:  July 29, 2014

Media Contact: For author interviews or high-res photographs please contact:  Katie Parry  843.577.5971, ext 113;

Douglas County, Colorado: A Photographic Journey

Click here to see the front cover:   PhotographicJourney

In 2005, Castle Rock Writers published Douglas County, Colorado: A Photographic Journey  through the Douglas County Libraries Foundation, covering the years from the 1800s through 1950. The authors were  Laura Adema, Alice Aldridge-Dennis, Derald E. Hoffman, Susan Koller, Kathleen Stevens McCoy, Marjorie Meyerle, Susan Trumble, and Elizabeth Wallace. Elizabeth Wallace was the founding leader of the original Castle Rock Writers (1999), and she served as the project manager of the publication. In 2012, CRW incorporated, and in 2014 became a non-profit.

Fast forward to the present: Castle Rock Writers is overseeing an update of this book, to be published in a revised form in 2017. The team is looking for corrected and updated information on local families for the same time frame listed above. Interested parties can contact the Douglas County History Research Center to submit items for possible publication. The Research Center will scan photos and return them to their owners. For more information, contact Shaun Boyd, archivist at the Research Center, 303-688-7730 or Peggy A. Cummings at 303-688-3877 (please leave a message).

Limited copies of the 2005 book are available currently for $15. Contact Alice Aldridge-Dennis at 303-521-8615.