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Great Basin National Park Sights

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Updated 10/28/2013

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In the desert south of Ely is this row of six beehive-shaped, 30-foot-tall ovens that could burn 35 cords of wood at once. From 1876–1879, the ovens turned pinyon, juniper, and mountain mahogany into charcoal, which was used for refining local silver and copper ore. It's a well-preserved piece of unique mining history.

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7 miles south of Ely on U.S. 50/6/93, and 11 miles southwest on Cave Valley Rd., Great Basin National Park, Nevada, 89315, United States



Sight Details:

  • $7
  • Daily, 24 hrs.

Updated 10/28/2013


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