Once a house lived in by John Cleveland Osgood, one of the wealthiest industrialists in America, the Redstone Castle stands as a magnificent representation of what unlimited wealth could offer during the industrial era. Through Mr. Osgood’s fuel and iron empire, he became the 6th wealthiest man in America just before the start of the 20th century.
In a showcase of his wealth, Mr. Osgood developed the village of Redstone as a model company town offering 88 individually styled European cottages complete with plumbing and electricity, as housing for his workers. Sparing no expense, he assigned some of the finest craftsmen of the era to design a 42 room, 24,000 square foot home for himself.
From handcrafted wood paneling made from English oak and Honduran mahogany to gold leaf ceilings covering parts of the house, the Redstone castle was and still is a true display of the Robber Baron lifestyle.
Over the years after its construction, the castle accommodated some of the most distinguished guests like Teddy Roosevelt, J.P. Morgan, and Prince Leopold within its walls. The castle’s prosperity ended within a decade, however, due to Mr. Osgood losing control of his company. He later returned to the castle in the 1920’s to die. To this day, his ghost is still said to haunt the house.
Mr. Osgood’s wife later tried to convert the house into a resort but failed to do so due to the Great Depression, which made any kind of luxury resort economically unviable. Over the years, many owners have tried to transform the Redstone Castle into a luxurious resort, but to no avail. It wasn’t until 2007 when the current owner purchased the house and made it available for visitors to tour the establishment.
Visitors can now tour the Castle during the summer months with a tour running every day at 1 PM. While Redstone Castle offers visitors an extravagant tour of the Robber Baron lifestyle, there is certainly more to see in the town as well as beyond the town’s surroundings. Our Colorado Rocky Mountain Self-guided Bike Tour offers just that. On a 6-day adventure, you’ll explore some of the most quaint towns and scenic rides in the area.
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