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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park

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Came to visit a national park and this was nearby so I stopped for a visit. I found it very... read more

Reviewed October 13, 2018
Conyers, GA
Beehives without the bees.

Very unique stop. History I was not aware of, but the ovens supplied charcoal for the local... read more

Reviewed September 27, 2018
Sally G
San Jose, United States
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Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
Ely, NV
+1 775-289-1693
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All reviews dirt road interesting history park fee nature trail great basin trading post mining industry information signs piece of history in great shape short visit well worth the trip nevada silos cemetery beehives acres
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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Seen this on the Travel Channel and History Channel. I am glad I had the chance to visit this historical place. I would like to visit during different times of the year. Another must place to visit!!!!!

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed October 13, 2018

Came to visit a national park and this was nearby so I stopped for a visit. I found it very interesting how many trees it would take to make charcoal. Not a lot of information is there about the use after, but a fair amount...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed September 27, 2018

Very unique stop. History I was not aware of, but the ovens supplied charcoal for the local smelting operations. The ovens are nicely reconstructed with informative signage throughout. Worth about 1/2 hour to 45 minutes.

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Sally G
Reviewed September 24, 2018 via mobile

What a fun find. Part of Nevada’s mining history I hadn’t known anything about prior to this trip. There is a honor system pay there. Very interesting and worth the trip. My husband and I rode in on our Harley’s. There are two access roads...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed September 19, 2018

This was a great part of history that we were unaware of. Unbelievable how these ovens are built and how the wood was stacked to be able to melt the ore.

Date of experience: September 2018
Thank dotboob2
Reviewed September 8, 2018 via mobile

Short drive from ely, gravel road in good shape. $5 per car fee (worth it), outhouse present. Ovens in great shape, interesting to see, glad they are preserved.

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed August 28, 2018

You must travel over 7 miles of dirt/gravel road to reach this park, which is a self-pay area. There is no manned visitor station. Old charcoal ovens were erected in 1871. There are a few signs describing history of charcoal ovens. There are a few...More

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank Patricia S
Reviewed August 6, 2018

This was an interesting side trip on our way back from Lehman Caves. You can walk into the old charcoal ovens. I would not recommend the drive all the way out from state route 50/93, as there is really nothing else to see, and your...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed July 23, 2018

About 15 miles from Ely, NV these Coke ovens are in great repair. Great to visit and photo opportunity!

Date of experience: July 2018
Thank glennm701
Reviewed July 1, 2018

Short visit, interesting but not much else to see. Worth the stop if you are headed that way. You are able to walk up to them (short walk) and look inside.

Date of experience: June 2018
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Jose M
September 2, 2018|
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Response from Sharon M | Reviewed this property |
The ovens were used for smelting ore. I do not believe you can sleep in them, but there are motels and casinos in Ely.
June 10, 2016|
Response from 680erikj | Reviewed this property |
You can't sleep in the ovens themselves. If you're coming from Sandy, I assume you'll be coming through Delta and stuff. I'd set up base camp at great basin NP near Baker (where the caves are), and scoot over to check out... More