I was taking a scenic tour of Colorado and accidentally stumbled across the Redstone Coke Ovens, in the town of Redstone, CO. I show their approximate location, thanks to Google Maps, on the images below (1):
I was happy to see that the coke ovens had been recently stabilized and preserved by the local historic society (2, 3). I thought it was neat that they had restored some of the ovens, but left others in various states of decay so that you could see more about their construction; like a cut-away of the coke ovens. (3, 4)
The coke ovens were built in the 1890s by Colorado Fuel and Iron for servicing the Coal Basin region of Colorado (4). At one point, this was the largest coke oven complex in Colorado, and the restoration focused on returning them to look like they had in 1903. (2, 4)
There were so many coke ovens that it was hard to get all of them in one photograph.
I walked around to the front of the site and took a few photographs looking into the ovens.
I got a closer look at one of the ovens that had not been restored fully. Notice how the brick appears melted due to the chemical reactions taking place during combustion.
Also on site was a small memorial set up for the coal miners who lost their lives in this region. It was a pleasant and tasteful memorial.
With that, I continued on my trek back to New Mexico.
(1) http://maps.google.com/, accessed January 17, 2014
(2) http://www.redstonecolorado.com/living_history.html, accessed January 17, 2014.
(3) http://www.aspentimes.com/article/20110530/NEWS/110539993, accessed January 17, 2014.
(4) http://www.aspenpitkin.com/Departments/Public-Works/Land-Management/Redstone-Coke-Ovens/, accessed January 17, 2014.