Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, Ely

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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic State Park is a Nevada state park in White Pine County, Nevada, United States. Located 20mi south of the town of Ely, it is in the Eastern Nevada Region of Nevada State Parks.The charcoal ovens are associated with the silver mining ghost town of Ward, Nevada, established in 1876. The town at its peak had a population of 1500, two newspapers, a school, fire department, two smelters and a stamp mill. The town declined after 1880, with a fire in 1883 destroying a third of the town. The post office closed in 1876. Mining revived briefly in the 1930s and 1960s. The town has been mostly destroyed by repeated flash flooding in its low-lying site. Only the smelter, mill foundations and a cemetery are left.The charcoal ovens are two miles to the south of the townsite. Six large ovens remain in excellent repair, 30ft high, 27ft in diameter, with walls 2ft thick at the base. The ovens were built in 1876 by itinerant Italian masons who specialized in the ovens, who were known as carbonari. The charcoal ovens prepared charcoal from locally-harvested timber for use in the smelters at Ward, using 30 to 60 bushels of charcoal per ton of ore, for 16,000 bushels a day. The Ward ovens are the best-preserved of their kind in Nevada.The Ward Charcoal Ovens were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in 1971.ActivitiesThe park offers camping, picnicking, and trails for hiking and mountain biking.
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  • Have wanted to see these on trips before and finally made it. So glad we did. They are a short drive out of Ely and yes it is a dirt/gravel road but nothing a car could not do. Well worth the dust we ...  more »
  • We visited here and loved the experience of viewing a very unique piece of history. The ovens almost cast a sort of surreal aura when you visit. Incredible they survived in such good condition after t...  more »
  • On our way to Great Basin nat park we decided to stop off at the ovens. 20 miles ( 13 miles to Oven turn off) then 7 miles to ovens. Very interesting history behind them. Photo-op site.  more »
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  • Near Ely, Nevada, six stone charcoal ovens dominate the desert landscape and give this historic site its peculiar name. The Egan Mountain Range is just a mile or two to the west. *****
  • If you are visiting Ely, NV take a short drive to an interesting local history site that you can walk inside of. Nicely maintained by Nevada State Parks.
  • Another bit of 19th century history. Site is interpreted and maintained by Nevada State Parks.
  • I came here in the winter time and enjoyed the cold visit. I didn't get to hike the trail, but my family and I enjoyed looking at the ovens and exploring inside of them. I'm glad the State has preserved this history.
  • I grew up in Ely left in 1984 no jobs available but it is hom2

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