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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Address: Ely, NV
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.

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These charcoal kilns dot mining country and these being perfectly preserved are as good a place as any to learn their long ago purpose. There are a few hiking trails in the area... read more

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Denver, Colorado
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16 reviews
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

I came here from Ely, and it's very convenient to travel here. It's beautiful, and the nearby landscape is great for a hike.

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Kingwood
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 54 helpful votes
Reviewed 1 week ago

These charcoal kilns dot mining country and these being perfectly preserved are as good a place as any to learn their long ago purpose. There are a few hiking trails in the area that are easy and offer pretty views of the mountains and valley. There are two dirt access roads and if you take the one furthest from Ely... More 

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Boise, Idaho
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 35 helpful votes
Reviewed 4 weeks ago via mobile

As others have mentioned, it is a bit of a drive on a dirt road but worth the detour. The ovens themselves are fascinating: large, spacious and a great reminder that in the old days everything was, well, different.

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San Diego, California
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 37 helpful votes
Reviewed 5 February 2017 via mobile

Is it out of the way? Yes! Was it worth the drive up the icy, muddy, slippery road? Yes! There's not much happening in Ely, so why the heck not check out a little piece of history. Unfortunately, the day we decided to visit it had snowed & we were ill prepared for the weather. So, we didn't get to... More 

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Feilding, New Zealand
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 18 helpful votes
Reviewed 19 January 2017

It's always worthwhile when you get off the beaten track and find a gem. This was a cool bit of history we enjoyed finding out about. The views from here were pretty grand also. Worth the short detour, toilets and a sheltered picnic table available also.

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Zephyr Cove, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 5 helpful votes
Reviewed 18 January 2017

Visiting Ely, we ventured out to the Charcoal Ovens and found a fabulous piece of mining history! I learned so much from the signs . . . and loved going into the ovens. With the inclement weather, we didn't walk any of the trails but we didn't mind. It was enough learning about the process of making charcoal for the... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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Reviewed 14 December 2016 via mobile

Might as well take the 10 mile drive on the dirt road to see this since there isn't much to see in Ely. I liked that the ovens are open and you can go inside. There's an envelope fee box but no actual fee station. We were the only ones there.

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Pennsylvania
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
Reviewed 14 November 2016

Don't miss this interesting piece of history. You have to travel for several miles on a dirt road but it is totally worth it. There is literature and a bathroom at the site.

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London, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 3 helpful votes
Reviewed 7 October 2016

Interesting spot not too far up dirt road off main highway, especially as I have had experience of charcoal-making on a small scale with a metal kiln in UK. Info board needs renewing as hard to read. Indication of where to see any remains of the town of Ward would have been useful.

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Oakland, CA
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Reviewed 26 September 2016

We enjoyed the charcoal kilns, which are well preserved and clearly explained with the accompanying signage. We have seen similar charcoal kilns at Death Valley National Park, but these are even better preserved. Our only complaint was that we felt the fee charged was excessive, given that some trails were closed and we really did nothing but walk out to... More 

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