Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Site

Description

These giant, beehive-shaped kilns were built in the 1870s to provide charcoal for smelters at the nearby Ward mining camp. Each 30-foot-tall oven has a 27-foot diameter and a capacity of about 35 cords of wood that, if burned for a 13-day period, produces about 30 to 50 bushels of good, solid charcoal per cord. The total tree crop from five or six acres of land was needed to fill an oven. In the late 1870s, all the nearby hills and mountains were completely stripped of timber. The ovens fell dormant once the railroads reached the west, bringing coke (made from eastern coal) which replaced charcoal in the smelting process. To reach the Ward Charcoal Ovens, head seven miles south of Ely on US 93 and then 11 miles south-southwest along the graded dirt thoroughfare called Cave Valley Road.

Address

1969 Cave Valley Rd
Ely, NV 89315

Lat/Long

39.03699400, -114.84732500
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(775) 728-4460

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