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Rock Writers is a Colorado nonprofit corporation whose vision is to provide education and support for published and unpublished writers through affordable conferences and workshops, including outreach to young adult writers.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 three books on regional history. Embrace Douglas County’s rich heritage!
Images of America: Douglas County
Castle Rock Writers bring readers a collection of vintage images and sketches of Douglas County from approximately 1861 to 1950—covering the settling of this part of the West to the post-World War II years. Early homesteaders, adventurers, and prospectors journeyed west following the 900 plus miles along the Cherokee Trail, seeking the wealth of gold or needing the curative air of Colorado. On the long and arduous trip, travelers stopped at the Twenty Mile House in Parker or the Pretty Woman Ranch on the First Territorial Road. They needed to clean off the dust and dirt and enjoy a nourishing meal before the final push to Denver and beyond. Some simply stayed. They homesteaded ranches, staked out mines, and built small towns on the rolling plains, mesas, forested hills, or in the mountains of Douglas County’s eventual 843 square miles. In the first half of the 20th century, the region grew into cohesive communities, where families thrived through ingenuity and hard work. Neighbors supported neighbors.
Each chapter was written by a member of the Castle Rock Writers, credited as follows:
- “Castle Rock: County Seat Takes Shape,” by Debbie Buboltz and Derald Hoffman
- “Franktown and Southeastern Valleys: From Seeking Gold to Homesteading,” by James Hansmann, Kathleen McCoy, and Marjorie Meyerle
- “Highlands Ranch, Daniels Park, and Castle Pines: Wildcat Mountains Tamed,” by Peggy A. Cummings
- “Larkspur, Perry Park, and Greenland: Douglas County’s Dairyland,” by James Hansmann
- “Lone Tree and Happy Canyon: From One Small Tree,” by Kathleen McCoy
- “Louviers: From Rolling Hills to DuPont Company Town,” by Alice Aldridge-Dennis
- “Parker: The 20-Mile Landmark” by Kathleen McCoy and Elizabeth Wallace
- “Roxborough Park: Getaway for the Elite,” by Susan Trumble
- “Sedalia: Town at the Crossroads,” by Laura Smallegan Adema
- “Western Region and Platte River: Rugged and Beautiful,” by Laura Smallegan Adema.
Publisher: Arcadia Publishing Price: $21.95
Release Date: August 28, 2017
Chronicles of Douglas County, Colorado
Published 2014 The History Press
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.
Media Contact: For author interviews or high-res photographs please contact: Katie Parry 843.577.5971, ext 113; firstname.lastname@example.org
Douglas County, Colorado: A Photographic Journey
Published 2005 Douglas County Libraries Foundation
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 became a non-profit 501(c)3 organization.