National and State Register

Cardiff Coke Ovens

Garfield County

The circa 1888 Cardiff Coke Ovens are associated with the industrial history of the Lower Roaring Fork Valley.

A photo of the red rock and and dispersed grass and bushes with a white sign near the center.

Cardiff Coke Ovens (1988 photograph.)

The ovens processed coal into coke for use by area smelters, the Grand Junction sugar beet factory, and the Pueblo steel mills of the Colorado Fuel and Iron Company.  The presence of an unusual venting system in three of the ovens may provide clues to the functioning of a subsurface coal ignition system.