Castle Rock Elementry School - Castle Rock, Colorado
Posted by: Big B Bob
N 39° 22.378 W 104° 51.351
13S E 512416 N 4358176
Quick Description: A castle-like school with a spooky resident in the town of Castle Rock
Location: Colorado, United States
Date Posted: 12/21/2009 9:37:59 AM
Waymark Code: WM7Y19
From Haunted Colorado: (visit link
Cantril School, on what was called "Schoolhouse Hill" in the 1880s, is an example of an indomitable spirit.
Built in 1896 to replace the wood-frame school that burned, the existing Cantril Building, 312 Cantril St., became home to the first high school in Douglas County. Students came from all over Douglas County to attend the high school and boarded with Castle Rock residents.
Cantril School has been home of academia throughout its existence, first as a school and now as offices of the Douglas County School District. Its hallowed halls still echo with the sounds of children. But after school is out, and the children have all gone home, Cantril School is alive with a different set of echoes.
"We were always hearing footsteps, even in the summer when the furnace was not running," said Dixie Manzanares, district secretary for staff development. Manzanares named the ghost "Matilda," and while conducting tours for fourth-graders, she would tell them stories of Matilda's exploits.The tour included a trip to the basement to show the pupils the coal furnace. It was during one of those trips a boy told her he thought he knew where Matilda lived and headed for the coal room.
"Just then there was a clap of thunder and that boy turned back to the group as white as a sheet," Manzanares said. Manzanares led tours for about eight years before staff development moved into the University Center at Chaparral in Parker.