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Ruins of the Cokedale coke ovens. Photo courtesy of Triniad Graphics.

Cokedale

Cokedale, Colorado is the most significant example of an intact coal camp in Colorado. Once a model coal/coke mining community, Cokedale is named after the nearby rows of coke ovens. The town was founded in 1906 by the American Smelting and Refining Company. By 1909, the were 1500 people living in town. It was a thriving community with two mines in Cokedale, a third mine 9 miles up Reilly Canyon in Bon Carbo, and 350 coke ovens in operation.

Cokedale was a bustling community for 40 years, until the demand for coal and coke dwindled and the mines closed and the ovens ceased operating. In 1947 the company began tearing down buildings throughout the town. The miners and their families were offered the homes for $100 per room and $50 per lot. The residents organized and incorporated in 1948. The population is down to a mere 120 but the spirit carries on.

Cokedale was placed on the National Historic Register in 1984.


Photo courtesy of R. Michael Babnick Photography

For more information...

Cokedale Town Office. 1 Elm Street,. Phone: (719) 846-7428.

Attractions in and near Cokedale

Las Animas County State Trust Lands.  Four wilderness reserves for your enjoyment.

Spanish Peaks State Wildlife Area.  Deer, elk, rabbit, squirrel, turkey

Trinidad Lake State Park.  Trinidad Lake State Park is located just west of Trinidad on Highway 12

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