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Ward Charcoal Ovens Park

Nevada Bighorn Sheep


Nevada has many unique State Parks to visit. Perched in the Egan Mountain Range in eastern Nevada, Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park is a unique forested retreat. The park features six beehive-shaped charcoal ovens that were used from 1876 through 1879 to help process rich silver ore that was discovered in the area. Once mining ended, the ovens were used to shelter travelers and even had a reputation as a hideout for stagecoach bandits. The ovens remain today and are open for touring. Visitors can also enjoy camping, picnicking, hiking and fishing while surrounded by a diversity of wildlife within the park.

The charcoal ovens are located two miles to the south of the silver mining ghost town of Ward that was established in 1876. The town at its peak had a population of 1500, two newspapers, a school, fire department, two smelters and a stamp mill. The town declined after 1880, with a fire in 1883 destroying a third of the town. The post office closed in 1888. Only the smelter, mill foundations and a cemetery are left.

Nevada has a State Park for every adventure and some feature beautiful wildlife like Bighorn Sheep which was designated the official state animal of Nevada in 1973.




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