Charcoal Kilns

Charcoal Kilns (HM1OJZ)

Location: , CA Inyo County
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N 36° 14.809', W 117° 4.575'

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Designed by Swiss Engineers and built by Chinese laborers in 1879, these kilns produced charcoal for the Modock Mine smelter, about 30 miles west of here. The kilns closed after only three years of use. Because of their brief life and remote location, these may be the best-preserved examples of charcoal kilns in the west.

Workers filled the air-tight kilns with Pinyon logs (relatively abundant in the area) and fired them. The burning, which reduced the wood to charcoal, took 6 to 8 days. Cooling took another 5 days. Wagons then hauled the charcoal to the Modock Mine Smelter, where it was used to extract silver and lead from the rich ore from Modock's mines.
Placed ByU.S. Department of the Interior- National Park Service- Death Valley National Park
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Date Added Monday, October 12th, 2015 at 1:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)11S E 493149 N 4011327
Decimal Degrees36.24681667, -117.07625000
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 36° 14.809', W 117° 4.575'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds36° 14' 48.54" N, 117° 4' 34.5" W
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