Redstone, Colorado

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Redstone, Colorado
View north up Redstone Boulevard.
View north up Redstone Boulevard.
Etymology: Red sandstone on nearby cliffs.
Nickname(s): 
The Ruby of the Rockies
Location of the Redstone CDP in Pitkin County, Colorado.
Location of the Redstone CDP in Pitkin County, Colorado.
Redstone is located in the United States
Redstone
Redstone
Location of the Redstone CDP in the United States.
Coordinates: 39°11′02″N 107°14′26″W / 39.1839822°N 107.2405958°W / 39.1839822; -107.2405958 (Redstone CDP, Colorado)Coordinates: 39°11′02″N 107°14′26″W / 39.1839822°N 107.2405958°W / 39.1839822; -107.2405958 (Redstone CDP, Colorado)[1]
Country United States
State Colorado
CountyPitkin County
Founded1898
Government
 • Typeunincorporated town
Area
 • Total0.438 sq mi (1.134 km2)
 • Land0.438 sq mi (1.134 km2)
 • Water0.000 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation7,185 ft (2,190 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total130
 • Density297/sq mi (115/km2)
Time zoneUTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code[3]
81623
Area code(s)970
GNIS feature[2]Redstone CDP

Redstone is an unincorporated town and a census-designated place (CDP) located in and governed by Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. The CDP is a part of the Glenwood Springs, CO Micropolitan Statistical Area. The population of the Redstone CDP was 130 at the United States Census 2010.[4] The Carbondale post office (Zip Code 81623) serves Redstone postal addresses.[3]

The village is listed on the National Register of Historic Places as a historic district and includes several properties that are also separately listed on the National Register.[5][6][7]

History[edit]

Redstone was established in the late 19th century by 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.[6][8]

Cleveholm[edit]

A dominant feature of Redstone is Cleveholm Manor, commonly called "Redstone Castle," an opulent 42-room Tudor-style mansion that Osgood built for his second wife, Swedish Countess Alma Regina Shelgrem. Construction of Cleveholm Manor, which was designed by New York architects Boal and Harnois, began in 1897 and was completed in 1901. The Castle was part of a 72-acre (29 ha) estate that also included servants' quarters, a gamekeeper's lodge, a carriage house, and a greenhouse.[6][8][9] Cleveholm Manor and the gamekeeper's cottage are both independently listed on the National Register as Osgood Castle and Osgood Gamekeeper's Lodge, respectively. As of 2004, the Castle still contained 75 percent of its original furnishings.[7]

The historic inn in Redstone, which is independently listed on the National Register as Redstone Inn, is now operated as a resort inn, offering year-round accommodations.[6]

Geography[edit]

The Redstone CDP has an area of 280 acres (1.134 km2), all land.[1]

Climate[edit]

Redstone has a humid continental climate (Koppen: Dfb). Summers are warm with cool nights and winters are cold with extremely heavy snowfall averaging 170 inches (430 cm) annually.[10]

Climate data for REDSTONE, COLORADO
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 33.1
(0.6)
36.2
(2.3)
42.7
(5.9)
51.1
(10.6)
60.5
(15.8)
71.8
(22.1)
76.4
(24.7)
74.6
(23.7)
67.0
(19.4)
55.3
(12.9)
39.2
(4.0)
31.5
(−0.3)
53.3
(11.8)
Average low °F (°C) 7.7
(−13.5)
11.5
(−11.4)
17.3
(−8.2)
24.5
(−4.2)
31.9
(−0.1)
39.4
(4.1)
44.2
(6.8)
43.8
(6.6)
36.7
(2.6)
28.0
(−2.2)
17.5
(−8.1)
9.0
(−12.8)
26.0
(−3.4)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 1.78
(45)
2.41
(61)
3.09
(78)
2.04
(52)
2.30
(58)
1.48
(38)
2.23
(57)
1.67
(42)
2.98
(76)
3.02
(77)
2.64
(67)
2.03
(52)
27.67
(703)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 26.0
(66)
29.9
(76)
32.4
(82)
12.1
(31)
5.3
(13)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
6.9
(18)
26.4
(67)
29.5
(75)
170.4
(433)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center [11]

Demographics[edit]

The United States Census Bureau initially defined the Redstone CDP for the United States Census 2010.

Redstone CDP, Colorado
YearPop.±%
2010130—    
2020—    
Source: United States Census Bureau

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b c "State of Colorado Census Designated Places - BAS20 - Data as of January 1, 2020". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  2. ^ a b c "U.S. Board on Geographic Names: Domestic Names". United States Geological Survey. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "Look Up a ZIP Code". United States Postal Service. Retrieved December 26, 2020.
  4. ^ "2010: DEC Summary File 1". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved December 26, 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
  5. ^ About Redstone, Redstone Community Association website, accessed March 28, 2010
  6. ^ a b c d The Historic Redstone Inn website, accessed March 28, 2010
  7. ^ a b Colorado: Transfer of Ownership of Redstone Castle, Redstone, Advisory Council on Historic Preservation, June 1, 2004
  8. ^ a b History of Redstone, Redstone Community Association website, accessed March 28, 2010
  9. ^ Redstone Castle Archived 2010-02-12 at the Wayback Machine, AllAspen.com website, accessed March 28, 2010
  10. ^ "REDSTONE 4 W, COLORADO - Climate Summary". wrcc.dri.edu. Retrieved 2020-05-25.
  11. ^ "REDSTONE 4 W, COLORADO (056970)". Retrieved December 18, 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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