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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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Beautiful Area & Interesting History

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... read more

5 of 5 starsReviewed February 18, 2015
Idahotraveller2014
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Boise, Idaho
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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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7 helpful votes 7 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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4 helpful votes 4 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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Nevada
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

The sign on the highway directs you to the ovens. Long drive from the highway; no indication that there is a fee until you get all the way there.

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Scottsdale, AZ
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 26, 2014

I never knew there was such a thing. a part of history and interesting. Beautiful setting down a 10 mile gravel road.

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tonyglv
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5 helpful votes 5 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

the scenery around the area is great with lots of wildlife and historical notes to share with family

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Pahrump, Nevada, United States
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46 helpful votes 46 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed October 29, 2014

The charcoal kilns were in great shape. They have been well preserved and help one understand about mining in the area. They probably could even be used today. We enjoyed hiking several trails. There was a $7.00 entrance fee, but the place was clean, had picnic tables, and was well maintained. It was a bit of a drive to get... More 

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Las Vegas, Nevada
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5 attraction reviews
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 4, 2014

Well, this is a drive off the road, about seven miles but the road was well maintained dirt and a car like my wife's Mazda 3 had no problems at all. In the winter I am sure it gets snowed in though, so be aware. The ovens were hand made and maintained by Italian immigrants during the mining years where... More 

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michigan
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7 reviews 7 reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 23, 2014 via mobile

This was a nice stop for the afternoon. My kids, ages 2-12, loved playing inside the old charcoal ovens. There are several walking trails, and picnic tables, along with a bathroom. I didn't mind paying the $7 fee, as it goes to help maintain this rural, out-of-the-way park. Take plenty of water, it was hot, and there was not a... More 

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Salt Lake City, Utah
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17 helpful votes 17 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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