Cokedale, Colorado: Coke Ovens of Cokedale

Long rows of outdoor ovens that baked coal into coke vaguely resemble a low-slung Roman Colosseum. Last used in 1947.
Address:
CO-12, Cokedale, CO
Directions:
The best vantage point for the Coke Ovens is on the northbound side of CO-12, just south of milepost 63.
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Coke Ovens of Cokedale

Historic, long rows of coke ovens stand as a silent tribute to the hard, dangerous labor performed by those wanting a better life in America.

[Meg Zorn, 11/15/2019]

The coke ovens turned the coal from three local mines into iron-smelting coke in the early 1900s. Although the ovens were last used in 1947, steam still rises from their big slag pile on cold days.

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