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Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

Some of the most remarkable manmade features of Death Valley National Park


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Some of the most remarkable historical and architectural features in Death Valley are the Wildrose Charcoal Kilns. These ten 7.6-meter high beehive-shaped kilns are located in Wildrose Canyon within Death Valley National Park.

This complex of kilns was constructed in 1877 for an ore mining company. After two years of operating, the nearby mines were closed and the kilns abandoned due to worsening ore quality. The kilns were constructed from local limestone and mortared with lime, gravel, and sand. They are believed to be the best-known examples of such kilns found in the western states. Located in what is now Death Valley National Park, the kilns can be freely explored by visitors.

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