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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Address: Ely, NV
Phone Number: +1 775-728-4460
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.

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Nice Piece of Local History

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed September 25, 2016
LetsgoOakland_11
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Oakland, CA

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Pennsylvania
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15 reviews
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago

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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Greater 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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 15 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 21 helpful votes
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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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 19 helpful votes
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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Sandy
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 24, 2016

These ovens are the largest I've seen. Most people don't even know that this kind of stuff existed. You can walk inside each one. Be aware, there want a $7 fee because it is a State Park

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Minden, NV
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 23, 2016

Had wanted to visit here for a while, but never found the time. So happy to spend a couple of hours out here this afternoon. In addition to the Charcoal Ovens (which make for some great pictures), there are various walking trails. The tail we ended up on had two lime kilns. As we learned, you need lime to make... More 

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Ely, Nevada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 2 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2016

great place to visit ... fun to see how they used the ovens and when they were built, you can step inside as well, its taking a step back in Ely's history!

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Tucson
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 13, 2016

It's a nice stop for pictures. However, after driving in a ways and get out of your car and head through the gate it just cost you 7 dollars. It would have been nice if that would have been posted as you enter the road that brings you to the site.

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