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Nightscapes Lecture » Stars over Ward Charcoal Ovens

Starry night sky over light painted Ward Charcoal Ovens. These six beehive-shaped historic charcoal ovens located about 18 miles south of Ely, Nevada in the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park. The ovens reduced charcoal from local pinyon pine and juniper from 1876 through 1879 for the smelting of silver at the Ward Mining District, just a few miles to the north. The ovens were eventually phased out completely due to depleted silver ore deposits and a shortage of available timber.

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