Year of 2017

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park in Nevada

Under the twinkling night sky, the Ward charcoal ovens do have a somewhat mystical appearance. Even in daylight they stand out in the mountain scrublands of eastern Nevada. For a short time in the late 19th century, the ovens were used to make charcoal, which was burned in the smelting process to extract gold and silver from locally mined ore. Today, they’re well-preserved relics, a bit of the Old West intact and standing as the centerpiece of this state park.

Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is an area designated for historic preservation and public recreation located 20 miles south of the town of Ely in White Pine County, Nevada. The 700-acre state park protects beehive-shaped charcoal ovens constructed in the latter half of the 19th century.
Established: Sep 28, 1971
Area: 43,560 sq feet (4,047 m²)