Death Valley Charcoal Kilns

In the 1870s these amazing structures were built to support mines and smelting operations owned by George Hearst, father of William Randolph Hearst.  While they operated, the kilns creating charcoal for smelters roughly 25 miles away near the mines and only burned for about three years as the mines never played out as hoped.  There are lots of stories to go along with this picture – the trek to get there, the camping, the lighting, the comical fall in the middle of the night firing flashes…but for now, enjoy another wonderful spot in the aptly named Death Valley National Park!

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Death Valley Charcoal Kilns

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