Novembeer 5, 2018 -- Redstone Coke Ovens
Originally built in the 1880s & 90s the Redstone Coke Oven District (Redstone, Colorado), had 249 ovens by 1899, making it the largest coking facility in the state of Colorado, as the coal in the surrounding mountains was ideal for refining into coke.
The Redstone Coke Oven Historic District is located near Redstone, Colorado, and consists of the remaining coke ovens built at the end of the 19th century by the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.
At their peak, these ovens were producing almost 6 million tons a year. The development was the beginning of the modern settlement of Redstone. There are very few coke ovens of their type remaining in the West and these ovens are the only remnant of the sizable coking operation in the area, the largest at the time in Colorado.
Within ten years of their construction the ovens fell into disuse when the mines closed. Their support steel was removed during the scrap metal drives of World War II, and later they were used as living space by hippies who moved into Redstone in the 1960s. The possibility that some might be demolished to build a gas station eventually led Pitkin County to acquire the land in the mid-2000s, and since then some have been restored.
In 1990, it was recognized as a historic district and listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
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