Contest #801: Ward Charcoal Ovens, south of Ely, Nevada, US

Paul Voestermans provided this location, agreed with the hint and wrote the reveal.

The subject of this week’s contest was the Ward Charcoal Ovens, the main menu in Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.
The ovens were in operation from 1876 through 1879, south of the town of Ely in White Pine County, Nevada. The beehive shape was designed as a more efficient version of the open-pit system that originated in Italy. They were listed in the National Register of Historic Places in the USA in 1971.

The Ward Charcoal Ovens served diverse purposes after their function as charcoal ovens ended. They sheltered stockmen and prospectors during foul weather and had a reputation as the hideout for stagecoach bandits.

Today, the ovens continue to represent a unique and fascinating chapter in Nevada’s mining history. The area was under private ownership and management until 1956 when the Nevada State Park Commission was offered a permit to protect the ovens. The area was designated a state park in 1994 when recreational facilities were added to the site.

Found before the hint:

  • Paul Voestermans
  • Garfield
  • Phil Ower
  • Lighthouse
  • hhgygy
  • Martin de Bock
  • zorro the fox
  • Eloy Cano
  • Glenmorren
  • Graham Hedley
  • Bas van Limpt

After the hint:

  • Jesus Rodriguez