Redstone, Colorado

Western Colorado is beautiful.   Mom, Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, drove to Redstone, Colorado.  Redstone is on the Crystal River.  Yesterday we showed you the coke ovens and today we will show you the town.

The Ruby of the Rockies

The Ruby of the Rockies

We went into town and had to stop at the Redstone Art Gallery.

The art gallery looks so inviting

The art gallery looks so inviting

Look at these items of wood.

Natural Top Tamarish Burl with turquoise by Richard Fitzgerald

Natural Top Tamarish Burl with turquoise by Richard Fitzgerald

This is Natural Top Tamarisk Burl with some turquoise.  Richard Fitzgerald created them.   We love wood.  This oil painting, Fall River Refuge, was my favorite.

Fall River Refuge by Cecy Turner

Fall River Refuge by Cecy Turner

Cecy Turner painted this one.

Redstone is a great town for tourists and residents. We saw hotels and this house was available.

Can we mom??

Can we mom??

The back yard reaches to the Crystal River.   What a great place to live. Then we saw the company store.

The Company Store in Redstone, Colorado

The Company Store in Redstone, Colorado

This store looks more like a large home.

This looks like a friendly place.  Come on in

This looks like a friendly place. Come on in

We like Redstone.   Walking through town, the windows in the Church at Redstone sure got our attention.

Great windows in the Church at Redstone

Great windows in the Church at Redstone

White Stallion, by Vicki Branson, is sculpted from beautiful Colorado marble.

White Stallion of Colorado marble by Vicki Branson

White Stallion of Colorado marble by Vicki Branson

This marble is from the nearby Yule Marble mine in Marble, Colorado.

Redstone, Colorado is a little south of Glenwood Springs, in the once isolated Crystal Valley, on the Crystal River. The mountains are spectacular. This road through town is leaving the area of the art gallery, hotels and company store.

Isn't this a pretty town?

Isn’t this a pretty town?

We think you would like Redstone. We did and we want to return soon. For more information on the Redstone Art Gallery visit www.redstoneart.com

 

 

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Coke Ovens in Redstone, Colorado

Soapy Smith Duck and I, Zeb the Duck, saw beehive coke ovens at Redstone, Colorado.

Redstone, Colorado.  The Ruby of the Rockies

Redstone, Colorado. The Ruby of the Rockies

Coal of premium quality was mined in the mountains at an elevation of 10,000 feet and higher.

Coal was baked in these coke ovens to produce coke, a more efficient fuel.

Coke ovens at Redstone, Colorado

Coke ovens at Redstone, Colorado

These coke ovens, a few miles from Aspen, Colorado, were built about 1899 and used for 10 years, until the mines closed. At their peak, the 200 ovens were producing almost 6 million tons a year.

The idle coke ovens donated their support steel during the scrap metal drives of World War II. According to Wikipedia, later hippies who moved into Redstone used the ovens as living space.

Used as hippie housing?  We know how Redstone got its name.

Used as hippie housing? We know how Redstone got its name.

By the coke ovens we saw this monument. The first paragraph reads: This monument stands in tribute to the miners of Coal Basin, who confronted adversity and proved themselves resourceful, innovative and intrepid. We honor their achievements and their sacrifices, remembering in particular those brave, good men whose lives were lost in the mines.

Monument to the miners.  A tribute from Mid-Continent Resources, Inc.

Monument to the miners. A tribute from Mid-Continent Resources, Inc.

The plaque explains Colorado Fuel and Iron Company mined approximately 1 million tons of coal from 1900-1909. Then Mid-Continent Resources, Inc. mined approximately 28 million tons of coal between 1956 and 1991. The premium quality and unique properties of the coal were the inducement to mining under difficult conditions, including the high elevation, steep terrain, heavy snows and avalanching on the surface. The monument consists of mine roof support shields designed to withstand the massive overburden pressures and mine fan pedestals. This monument was placed here with gratitude and respect by the Mid-Continent Companies.

Coal mining in these mountains

Coal mining in these mountains

I, Zeb the Duck, did not know about coal in Redstone and I did not know about coke ovens. Perhaps you would enjoy visiting this area also and learn more about the coal mining in Redstone.