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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Address: Ely, NV
Phone Number: 775-728-4460
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Description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.

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Worth the short drive

Where the deer and the antelope play! We saw wildlife on the drive (literally deer and antelope) and almost no one there so we had it all to ourselves. Nice signage explains the... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 24, 2015
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Ojai, California
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25 reviews 25 reviews
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7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Dirt road for 7 miles out and back. Typical State Park restrooms, parking, and nice signage of history. Thirty foot tall stone construction is in very good shape and another example of expertise brought to America from elsewhere. They do not resemble any structures built by natives or pioneers of the West. As isolated as they seem now, it must... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

Where the deer and the antelope play! We saw wildlife on the drive (literally deer and antelope) and almost no one there so we had it all to ourselves. Nice signage explains the site and there is a short interpretive walk that gets you out among the juniper trees.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 18, 2015

Ward Charcoal Ovens are amazing...especially at night! The stars are vibrant and it's dark enough that you can see all the constellations. This is such a wonderful place to take the family for a picnic during the day and is a great place to camp and hike. Definitely go if you get the chance!

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Abbotsford, Canada
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68 attraction reviews
107 helpful votes 107 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 7, 2015

These structures were built by the old Portuguese carboneri (charcoal makers) to produce charcoal for the local ore smelters. They are accessed by a dusty 5 mile drive down a gravel/dirt road. They are part of a small State Park, with a few short trails. Interesting to see, but only for a short visit. Leaving the ovens, you pass by... More 

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Ely, Nevada
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3 reviews 3 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 1, 2015

Not much to see except the ovens but it's a unique part of history that you just don't see anymore. Worth the visit, even if it is a short one.

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stanthorpe
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7 reviews 7 reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 28, 2015

Worth the travel very unique hoe easy we have it today and don't forget to visit the Buffalo Ranch and meet Joyce she is such a delight and if you are interested she will let you see her Buffalo A big thankyou Joyce

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Ely, Nevada
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3 attraction reviews
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 18, 2015

Interesting and beautiful. There's a little hidden stream and bridge. The ovens are like nothing I've seen before. There's wildlife, flowers, trees, grasses,and water.

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Boise, Idaho
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8 reviews 8 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed February 18, 2015

My family really enjoyed our visit to the Ward Charcoal Ovens. The history and use information was great. It gave you a picture into a short, but intense period of important history for the west.

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Nevada
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8 attraction reviews
11 helpful votes 11 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 22, 2015

Very interesting history of the charcoal ovens. It is wide open, no ranger on site, self-pay $5 for Nevadans and $7 for others (It goes to a good cause). The history is spelled out on plaques. The dirt road to the ovens is pretty good, we took our little car down just fine.

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Cottage Grove, Oregon, United States
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3 attraction reviews
5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 27, 2014

Great and interesting site! Read all the signs...very interesting. Wanted to stay longer, sun was setting, needed to find a bathroom. Signs were not so good for directing you to this site. Went to the camp ground nearby first, then went searching for the ovens. Found them and it was a nice place.

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