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“Interesting tour!” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Redstone Castle

Redstone Castle
Ranked #1 of 3 things to do in Redstone
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Dallas
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110 reviews
17 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 40 helpful votes
“Interesting tour!”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 27 August 2014

This tour was an interesting surprise. A costumed guide who said she had been doing tours of the house for 18 years (!) gave a very informative 1-1/2 hour tour, including free time to explore the private quarters. Note that this is more of a large house than a castle. You must buy tickets in advance at the General Store in Redstone! They are $14 for adults, but well worth the price.
Prior to the tour, we had lunch at the Redstone Inn, which was really a pleasant surprise given all the mediocre reviews on this site. The bartender was our waiter and he was excellent, as was the food. The tortilla soup, the club sandwich and fries were outstanding.

Visited August 2014
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Pueblo, Colorado
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12 reviews
4 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 11 helpful votes
“Redstone, CO - beautiful!!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 14 August 2014

We went to Redstone on a Monday - Wednesday. The "Castle" tours are given at 1:30pm daily in the summer. It was wonderful. There is much original furniture and the Castle is in great shape. It was built in the 1890's and is worth going out of your way to see. It is situated next to the Crystal river in a large meadow. It was built by the owner of coal mines and the CF&I steel mill. He also built the nearby town and Inn. The town is very cute, well kept and has a great park, little stores and free museum. It is right by the Crystal river. The whole area smells heavenly, which I'm sure it didn't back in the day of the coke smelters that are across the road from the town. Those ovens are very interesting to look at as well. While you are there, take a dip in the natural hot springs just up the road. They are natural baths right in the river, in a gorgeous setting. Take your towels - no one will charge you or tell you what to do there! Any of the locals will direct you to the area.

We stayed in the Redstone inn, which was the old boarding house for the single male miners. It is very nice, though a bit squeaky, which is to be expected of a 100+ year old building. The rooms are mostly updated, quiet and have comfortable beds. If you want a cheaper alternative - there are 2 smaller motel like accommodations in the town as well.

While you are there, take advantage of all the beautiful hiking trails, castle, and history around.

Visited August 2014
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Trinidad, Colorado
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50 reviews
7 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
“A great example of a robber baron's opulence”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 13 July 2014

The castle was once a part time home for John Osgood, who owned Colorado Fuel and Iron right up until the Ludlow Massacre. It's quite the visit. and pretty well preserved. The hostess did a good job of conducting an informative tour. Hopefully, it will become a B&B someday, as planned.

Visited July 2014
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Pearland, Texas
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4 attraction reviews
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“A must-see if traveling through or staying in Redstone”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 9 July 2014

In the summer, tours are available every day at 1:30 p.m. Since we were staying in Redstone, my husband and I decided to spend a day exploring this tiny old mining town and its history. The Redstone Castle tour was definitely worth $15 per person. The mansion reminded me of a smaller version of the Biltmore Estate, and our guide gave lots of interesting tidbits about the original owner, John Osgood, and his impact on this small coal-mining town. We were allowed to explore almost the entire place, and the guide let us re-visit any room after the tour to take more photos. The current owner is trying to turn the castle back into a bed and breakfast -- right now it's only open for tours. Very beautiful and a great perspective of life in early-1900s Colorado!

Visited July 2014
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Iowa City, Iowa
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11 reviews
3 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
“Redstone Castle”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 July 2014

Possessed of a rather interesting past that is part of the American story of the industrial age, this turn of the century mansion has the ability to draw tourists into another time and place of luxury. As you drive into the town of Redstone you encounter the remainder of the hundreds of coke ovens where miners of the day processed coal for the needs of the burgeoning economy of the Gilded Age. Above these grim little hovels stands the mansion of John C. Osgood who ran the mines. The tour guide does a wonderful job of describing the life of this industrial magnate who sought to provide a wholesome social support system for his workers. Tourists can come to their own conclusions about Mr. Osgood's motives, but will do doubt come away with fanciful images of the life of the very wealthy during the Gilded Age. No particularly handicapped accessible, as far as I could tell. Call in advance to check on this since climbing stairs is part of the tour. The $15 price might seem steep to some, but part of that price ensures the upkeep of the building and a healthy income for the town. Stop at the General Store to buy your tickets and have an ice cream before or after.

Visited July 2014
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