Photo of the day

Recent Photo of the day from National Geographic:

Picture of the Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park in Ely, Nevada

Ward Charcoal Ovens, Nevada

Photograph by Royce Bair, Your Shot

In operation between 1876 and 1879, Nevada’s Ward Charcoal Ovens—here glowing with filtered lights that simulate functioning ovens—were built to produce charcoal from pinyon pine and juniper. In the years following, the ovens are said to have served as shelters for workmen and hideouts for stagecoach bandits. Today they’re the main attraction in Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park.

About Steve Greene
Professor of Political Science at NC State http://faculty.chass.ncsu.edu/shgreene

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