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“so much to learn!”

Ranked #2 of 10 things to do in Ely
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Owner description: Museum on former site of Ward, a small mining town.
Pahrump, Nevada
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179 reviews
30 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 48 helpful votes
“so much to learn!”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 20, 2013

Learn a little more about the mining and how they made charcoal to smelt the ore. Really educational and interesting!

Visited August 2013
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cincinnati
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326 reviews
92 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 115 helpful votes
“a dusty ride to a lovely historic site”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed August 17, 2013

from highway 50 from the north it's 10 miles on a dusty unpaved road; but from a bit further south on 50, its only about 5 miles. Lovely historic site very well preserved and worth the difficult ride. built in mid 19th century by Italian workers. a nice little nature trail by the site

Visited August 2013
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Bainbridge, Georgia
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189 reviews
104 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 143 helpful votes
“Historical”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed July 2, 2013

The Charcoal Ovens are worth a side trip if you are in the area. You are able to walk into the ovens and read a brief description on how charcoal was made. There is a 3/4 mile nature trail but the brochures describing what the 12 interesting feature were not present. Also the placards that were supposed to describe the area were unreadable due to weather. There is a $7 fee per car to see the Ovens. They have primitive restroom facilities.

Visited July 2013
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St. George, Utah
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270 reviews
82 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 120 helpful votes
“Historic stop along US-50”
3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed June 6, 2013

Just outside of Ely on the East side are the Ward Charcoal Ovens. They have upgraded this over the years to a State Historic Park, so there is much more information now about the historic significance of these ovens. You can walk around and through them. They are much bigger than they seem. It's worth the brief stop if you are ever on US-50. Plan about 30 minutes to an hour. It's over graded dirt road, often wash-boarded, but a dusty, easy drive for any vehicle. We first went there over 40 years ago and it is much better now.

Visited November 2012
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Charlottesville, Virginia
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46 reviews
19 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 26 helpful votes
“Not much to see”
2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed May 19, 2013

There are 6 charcoal ovens present, and they look like beehives. They are in very good condition, but the park itself isn't. There were no brochures available, and half of the placards were missing or unreadable due to weather damage. No facilities other than restroom. Nice to see, but nothing you would travel all the way to Ely to see.

Visited May 2013
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