Aspen History: Shriners in Redstone

Aspen Historical Society
One b/w photograph of Cleveholm Manor, also known as the Redstone Castle, circa 1930.

“Shriners plan national home at Redstone on the picturesque Crystal River,” declared the Aspen Daily Times on June 9, 1926. “Representatives of the imperial council of the Ancient and Arabic Order, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine of North America, are negotiating for the purchase of Redstone, the magnificent country estate of the late John C. Osgood, in Pitkin County, as a ‘playground’ for the Shriners of all America. It is reported that negotiations have progressed to the stage where a tentative contract of sale has been drawn up for the consideration Shrine officials. If the sale materializes, it is said the figure involved will be well over one million dollars. John C. Osgood, for many years prominent in the coal mining industry in the west, principal stockholder of the Victor American Fuel company, built Redstone years ago as a ‘model village,’ in pursuance of a plan to provide comfortable home life and pleasant community associations to the coal miners employed in the Victor-American properties in that region. For his own use, he built himself a magnificent castle-like home and called ‘Cleveholm.’ His plan failed to work out as he anticipated, and the village ultimately was deserted. ‘Cleveholm’ was virtually abandoned for many years, until a short time before Mr. Osgood’s death, when he and Mrs. Osgood took up residence there. The village is considered an ideal spot for the purpose to which it is said the Shriners will use it in the event of purchase. This image shows Cleveholm Manor, also known as the Redstone Castle, circa 1930.