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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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A short detour to visit an interesting thing

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed January 18, 2017
Nuttykiwi
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Feilding, New Zealand

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San Diego, California
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 weeks ago 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 18, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed January 17, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed December 13, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed November 13, 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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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed October 6, 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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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 25, 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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Hudson, Wisconsin
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 20, 2016

The ovens were quite a sight to see and were like stepping back in time. There didn't seem to be much more to do in the area, and the dirt road to get back there caused quite a lot of dust to pile up all over our vehicle. But all in all, worth a 30 min. stop if you're visiting... More 

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Colorado
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed September 1, 2016

When traveling this section of Nevada a Dad looks for every opportunity to exercise the kids and stretch his and Mom's legs. To say that there is a few miles between towns or anything is an understatement. The Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park looked interesting enough to warrant a stop as we were heading to the town of Ely,... More 

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Banning, California
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 30, 2016 via mobile

Very interesting and worth a visit! I feel like the $7 entrance fee should be used to help keep the information signs in better shape. They were flaking and faded and very hard to read.

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