Castle Rock

Castle Rock, Colorado - known to locals as "The Rock"

In history, Castle Rock served as a settlement for prospectors in the late 1800's as it was rumored that gold could be found nearby.  What actually was discovered was rhyolite stone in the nearby, Plum Creek.  Rhyolite is typically a quartz or feldspar type of rock that can be used in decorative landscaping and even jewelry.  A homesteader by the name of Jeremiah Gould eventually donated 120 acres to the township that would later "be know as Castle Rock."  In 1875, the Denver & Rio Grande Railway spotted a new depot to what is now downtown Castle Rock.  Not long after, supplies and shipments of rhyolite were brought in and out of the town.  Although the town was populated over 125 years ago, it has become a preferred place to live for over 50,000 residents, mostly in recent years.  Many new home builders dot the landscape building beautiful modern homes on both the East and West sides of the main I-25 corridor that serves both Denver and Colorado Springs metro areas.  Castle Rock is also the Douglas County seat which is an integral part of the South Metro area.  Given its recent population surge, Castle Rock has become home to many national and quaint local retail, shopping, lodging and entertainment chains, as well as the home of the Outlets at Castle Rock which has over 300 shops.  This charming community boasts of many awards as one America's premier places to live, work and play.  With plenty of room to grow, Castle Rock still preserves over 5400 acres of open space, 250 acres of park land and almost 60 miles of trails, not to mention eight golf courses, a couple hockey rinks, a skate park and 84,000 square feet of indoor recreation space.  Entertainment is also ubiquitous featuring an annual WineFest, ArtFest, County Fair and Rodeo.  Other local attractions that are minutes away include the Larkspur Renaissance Fair, the Wildlife Experience and numerous street fairs and markets.

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