Thursday, June 30, 2011

The Wildrose Charcoal Kilns

Located in Death Valley National Park are ten 25 foot high limestone kilns. Lead ore was discovered in California in 1875, so George Hearst (William Randolph's Dad) purchased a large area to mine silver from the ore. He formed the Modoc Mining Company, and after depleting the area of a limited supply of wood, he built these kilns to produce charcoal from pine logs, which was used in the smelting process. Functional for only 2 years, he shut down the mining operations because of the lack of quality ore.

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