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North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone July 11th 2016

Geo: 39.3744, -107.214On Monday morning, as we were preparing to move to Redstone, and Sherrie was heading to Castle Rock, Co, we had Sherrie help us stage our bicycles so we rode with her to the other end of the canyon and unloaded our bicycles there. Our RAV 4 was parked at the end of the trail in Glenwood Springs.We left the parking lot at 10am, and arrived at the other end at 12;30. We took our time, and I took a lot of pictures.The ride was gradual. It was difficult, since there was a head wind. But I rode the WHOLE way. We stopped and had a picnic lunch about 1/2 way. I layed down in the grass and that felt good.We saw several rafters on the river. And we saw the Amtrak train go ... read more
Glenwood Springs Canyon

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone February 24th 2014

The Upper Crystal River Valley is home to many beautiful waterfalls, and winter ice climbers have flocked to them like bees to flowers. From Redstone to Marble, there are several good ice climbs. On location known as The Drool located just past The Redstone Coke Oven Historic District on highway 133 just before Hays Falls -39.19308 latitude, -107.23422 longitude (MAP) Also not pictured Hays Creek Falls is easily located from Highway 133. It’s a short, easy 60-foot beginner’s climb and has good ice throughout most of the winter, though it’s south-facing. Hays Creek Falls is just to the right of the highway as you’re driving up valley from Redstone to Marble, about 2 miles from Redstone.... read more
The Drool
The Drool
The Drool

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone July 30th 2013

July 30 Tuesday – Redstone, Penny Hot Springs, Avalanche Ranch - After the flash flood of the night before I woke up to a beautiful day. The road crews had worked all night and I was able to get to my campsite of the previous day and retrieve the few items I had left there to mark the site as “taken”. I then eased into town on the county road side of the river and stopped at the General Store to have a look around and have my morning cup of coffee. So I got my cup of coffee and relaxed on the porch a bit and just took in the view and general ambiance of Redstone. Redstone is a beautiful little town on the aptly named Crystal River. It is open to one side and ... read more
My campsite at Redstond Campground
The Crystal River
The Redstone General Store

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone July 29th 2013

July 29 – Denver to Redstone – Today I finished loading up the “last minute” stuff in my truck that had to wait till just before I left and headed out on 470 to I-70 and then started the climb up into the mountains. All the extra load that I was carrying in my truck didn’t seem to be bothering it and I climbed on up westward. Traffic wasn’t too bad and it was raining a “nuisance” rain which just wet the windshield enough for me to have to keep turning the wipers on and off. I got lucky again and the blasting at the twin tunnels east of Idaho Springs didn’t slow me down or stop me this time. So I continued on climbing up and then over the Divide at the Eisenhower Tunnel and ... read more
Mt Sopris 12,953 ft
The turnout for Penny Hot Springs
Free thinker

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone July 26th 2012

For centuries, Colorado’s geothermal hot springs have enjoyed an almost mythical reputation for medicinal rejuvenation. The Rocky Mountain region is speckled with a handful of world-famous hot springs, many within a day’s driving distance of Aspen. Glenwood Springs, forty miles from Aspen at the confluence of the Roaring Fork River and the Colorado River, is home to the mammoth, 2-block long Hot Springs Pool. However, many visitors to Aspen do not have to drive the whole way down valley to bath in steamy and soothing mineral waters. Penny Hot Springs is located in the breathtaking scenery of the Crystal River Valley, between Carbondale and Redstone. Spending an afternoon splashing around in Penny Springs is an unforgettable and sublime experience. Two tiny mineral springs gush from deep within the humongous granite and marble rocks into the cool, ... read more

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone July 21st 2012

Historic Redstone, surrounded by National Forest, lies within the heart of the Elk Mountains. The village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as an historic district and includes several properties that are also separately listed on the National Register. Redstone was established in the late 19th century industrialist John Cleveland Osgood as part of a coal mining enterprise. Osgood's coal empire also spurred construction of the Crystal River Railroad and Redstone's historic dwellings. As an experiment in "enlightened industrial paternalism," Osgood constructed 84 cottages and a 40-room inn, all with indoor plumbing and electricity, for his coal miners and cokers, as well as modern bathhouse facilities, a club house with a library and a theatre, and a school. Most of these Craftsman-era Swiss-style cottages are still used as homes. A dominant feature of ... read more
Redstone, CO
Redstone, CO
Redstone, CO

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone January 15th 2012

Originally known as "Mobley's Camp" until 1877, it was renamed for Mary Jane Francis, a local innkeep. In 1888 this town had 50 people, a general store, post office, boarding house, and saloon. The Crystal River Railroad reached here by 1892 for the purpose of carrying Marble down from the Yule Quarry. The valley floor here gave the space needed for transportation and distribution of goods. Janeway eventually became a railroad station with siding for 29 cars. Now, all that is left of Janeway is this single cabin. Located between Redstone and Marble Colorado.... read more
Janeway Ruins
Janeway Ruins
Janeway Ruins

North America » United States » Colorado » Redstone January 1st 2012

REDSTONE — More than a century ago, bricklayers were summoned from Denver to Redstone to construct what was to be the largest coking plant in Colorado. Construction of 100 ovens began in 1899; in all, more than 200 were built over several years, according to F. Darrell Munsell's “From Redstone to Ludlow.” The ovens, along with buildings now known as the Redstone Inn and the Redstone Castle, were part of the town developed by coal magnate John Cleveland Osgood. The mines in Coal Basin provided high-grade coal that was brought down on a narrow-gauge railroad to the ovens. Fed into the top of the ovens — the front openings were temporarily sealed with firebrick — the coal was heated for two days, with only enough air to support combustion. The resulting coke was shipped by train ... read more
Redstone coke ovens
Redstone coke ovens
Redstone coke ovens




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