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Ely, Nevada: Abandoned, Towering Ovens of Ward

Built to make charcoal for iron smelters. The smelters are gone, even the town is gone, but the ovens remain.

Cave Valley Rd, Ely, NV
From US 93, seven miles south of Ely, turn west on the marked dirt road. Nine miles later, take a right, drive 1/4 mile.
State park day fees.
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Coke oven interior.

Abandoned, Towering Ovens of Ward

The ovens are in a Nevada state park with day fees. Interesting spot with a wild past. If you're already on this road, it's definitely worth the 8-ish miles of gravel road.

[Kat, 05/08/2022]

Towering ovens of Ward.

Abandoned, Towering Ovens of Ward

Explore the abandoned ovens and surrounding area.

[Janet, 10/26/2013]
Ward Charcoal Ovens

There are 6 giant stone ovens built to make charcoal for the smelters of Ward, Nevada, which is now gone. 25 ft high and surreal.

[Slappy, 06/13/2003]

October 2016: Photo added.

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