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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, Colorado is located in the United States
Redstone, Colorado
Redstone, Colorado
Location in the United States
Country  United States
State  Colorado
County Pitkin County
Founded 1898
Government
 • Type unincorporated town
Area
 • Total 0.438 sq mi (1.134 km2)
 • Land 0.438 sq mi (1.134 km2)
 • Water 0 sq mi (0.000 km2)
Elevation
7,185 ft (2,190 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 130
 • Density 297/sq mi (115/km2)
Time zone UTC-7 (MST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-6 (MDT)
ZIP Code
81623
Area code(s) 970
GNIS feature 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. The Carbondale post office (Zip Code 81623) 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

Demographics

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

Redstone CDP, Colorado
Year Pop. ±%
2010 130 —    
2020 —    
Source: United States Census Bureau
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