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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

Ely, NV
775-728-4460
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Ranked #2 of 9 attractions in Ely
Type: Parks, Museums
Description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
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Salt Lake City, Utah
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10 reviews 10 reviews
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 13, 2014

The charcoal ovens were in great shape and dare I say could still be used today. These gems have been preserved and help tell the story of the mining industry in Ely, Nevada. I learned a lot about how the charcoal was made and had a great time exploring the ovens. What a neat experience, and to think they did... More

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New Hampshire
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

This was an interesting historic site which made for some good photo opportunities. There was a walking trail here as well which we would have explored had we arrived at the site earlier. There are picnic tables too. This made a welcome opportunity for the kids in our group to run around and get some energy out. They enjoyed seeing... More

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 5, 2014

We did not spend very much time here. However, it was interesting to see how the Charcoal Ovens were used in silver production.

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Hartford, Connecticut
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9 attraction reviews
23 helpful votes 23 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed July 23, 2014

I wouldn't rate this poor or terrible, but unless it's on your way, I would say take a look on line and call it a day. They're interesting to look at and imagine how they must have worked in their day but for us this was time and gas lost which could have been used for other things. There is... More

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Sacramento, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 8, 2014

We have seen some similar ovens before, but these are much larger than we expected. The craftsmanship is interesting. There are several hiking trails spanning out from this area. A map of the trails is on the west side of the ovens. Also, check out the old cemetery about 3 miles north of the ovens. It's worth a visit as... More

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turlock
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3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed June 2, 2014

I took a ride out to the Ward Charcoal Ovens in Ely. NV and it was well worth the drive. You head out of Ely, NV on the Great Basin Highway go about 6 miles and you will see a sign were to turn. The road is a gravel road but is no problem for passenger cars. About a mile... More

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 28, 2014

I had no idea how ore was processed -- these ovens made charcoal for the processing of silver mines. They are huge and it is fascinating to step inside and look through the opening in the domes. Be aware there is a $7 Nevada parks fee but I think it was worth every penny.

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Chino
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 27, 2014 via mobile

We were on our way back to our hotel from spending the day at Great Basin National Park, when we noticed the sign indicating the turn to the Ward Charcoal Ovens. Warning to tourists with clean cars...the road in (I believe it was 7 miles long) is dirt, and smooth as a baby's butt - we traversed it at 55... More

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Northern California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 30, 2014

The ovens were interesting and very well preserved but I think we enjoyed the cemetery more. There were several headstones that could be read. Be sure that you read about the history on information board at the site. The ghost town is all but gone, just some of the rock foundations were left that are almost non visible from the... More

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San Diego, California
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 1, 2014

The charcoal ovens themselves are pretty neat to see, they're really unique and have a cool history. But you also have to check out the ward ghost town itself. It's farther down the main dirt road. There is an old cemetery that dates in the 19th cemetery and farther down the road are some old mines and buildings. The road... More

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