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Redstone Coke Ovens -1930's
Redstone Coke Ovens
The abandoned site in the 1930's

In 2003 the little but mighty Redstone Historical Society parlayed resources to acquire the Redstone Coke Ovens site and, after applying several conservation easements, donated the site to Pitkin County.

In late April, 2011 a partnership of these two groups began the long-awaited preservation - restoration of the site. Redstone is proud of our dedicated team of historic preservationists.

 

Redstone Castle history
Redstone Castle
Just one mile upsteam & upwind from the coke ovens

In 2004 Redstone Castle was on Colorado's "most endangered" list of historic landmarks. Sold at auction in 2005, it remained closed except for tours.

WELCOME THE NEW 2016 OWNERS - Steve and April Carver. They are committed to it's historic conservation, plan to expand tours, offer overnight experiences and open service areas. The Carvers also own The Hotel Denver in Glenwood Springs. more at theredstonecastle.com.

Using masons skilled in historic restoration, the domes of 62 of the ovens were partially rebuilt to protect them from further deterioration. Four of the ovens were completely restored to their original 1903 appearance. 

Redstone historical society progressEngineering this project took several years, to  balance historic preservation with the "aesthetics" of a ruin. This project is a tribute to our fellow citizens of a century ago who helped build the West.

 

Redstone Castle historian

Today you can Step Back in Time with a 1.5 hour tour of the Redstone Castle. Local historians bring the history alive.
Redstone Castle tour information

9 News' Metromix recently rated a Redstone Castle tour as "#11 of 101 things every Coloradan should try"

Redstone Castle Great Room

 

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Castle Photos by LC McClure in 1902...
75% of the building remains originial.

THE REDSTONE WALTZ - by Lady Bountiful

Redstone Coke Ovens in 1901
The Redstone Coke Ovens, heated to 2400 degrees Fahrenheit, burned the impurities from Coal Basin coal to make coking coal that would be used in the Pueblo steel mill to temper iron into steel and used to build the railroads.

Photo of the fellows and children that built these ovens.

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More information at history of the coke ovens

 

Redstone Castle history
Redstone Castle tour information

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