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Redstone
Unincorporated CDP
Redstone Historic District.JPG
View north up Redstone Boulevard.
Name origin: Exposed rock on nearby cliffs
Nickname: The Ruby of the Rockies
Country United States
State Colorado
Region Roaring Fork Valley
County Pitkin
Landmark Osgood Castle
River Crystal
Center Redstone Inn
 - elevation 7,200 ft (2,195 m)
 - coordinates 39°10′50″N 107°14′22″W / 39.18056°N 107.23944°W / 39.18056; -107.23944
Population 130 (2010)
Founded 1898
Timezone Mountain (UTC-7)
 - summer (DST) Mountain Daylight Time (UTC-6)
Postal code 81623 (Carbondale)
Area code 970
Exchange 963
GNIS feature ID 0175203

Redstone is a census-designated place in Pitkin County, Colorado, United States. The population as of the 2010 Census was 130. The U.S. Post Office at Carbondale (ZIP Code 81623) now serves Redstone postal addresses. 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.

History

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.

Cleveholm

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. 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.

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.

Geography

Redstone is located at 39°10′50″N 107°14′22″W / 39.18056°N 107.23944°W / 39.18056; -107.23944 (39.180643,-107.239437).

Climate

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
(0.61)
36.2
(2.33)
42.7
(5.94)
51.1
(10.61)
60.5
(15.83)
71.8
(22.11)
76.4
(24.67)
74.6
(23.67)
67.0
(19.44)
55.3
(12.94)
39.2
(4)
31.5
(-0.28)
53.28
(11.824)
Average low °F (°C) 7.7
(-13.5)
11.5
(-11.39)
17.3
(-8.17)
24.5
(-4.17)
31.9
(-0.06)
39.4
(4.11)
44.2
(6.78)
43.8
(6.56)
36.7
(2.61)
28.0
(-2.22)
17.5
(-8.06)
9.0
(-12.78)
25.96
(-3.356)
Precipitation inches (mm) 1.78
(45.2)
2.41
(61.2)
3.09
(78.5)
2.04
(51.8)
2.30
(58.4)
1.48
(37.6)
2.23
(56.6)
1.67
(42.4)
2.98
(75.7)
3.02
(76.7)
2.64
(67.1)
2.03
(51.6)
27.67
(702.8)
Snowfall inches (cm) 26.0
(66)
29.9
(75.9)
32.4
(82.3)
12.1
(30.7)
5.3
(13.5)
0.5
(1.3)
0
(0)
0
(0)
0.5
(1.3)
6.9
(17.5)
26.4
(67.1)
29.5
(74.9)
170.4
(432.8)
Source: The Western Regional Climate Center
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