Near Leadore in Lemhi County, Idaho — The American West (Mountains)
Once Upon a Time
One Hundred Years Ago or More
The kilns produced charcoal for the smelter at Nicholia for about two years. When the smelter closed suddenly in 1888, operations at the kilns abruptly stopped. Many of the kilns were left loaded with wood and 40 acres of cordwood was left stacked in rows nearby.
With the kilns closed, the wood eventually was carried away or left to rot in the sun. Twelve kilns were torn down and the bricks used for other buildings in the Lemhi Valley and the Snake River Plain.
This site is now included in the Targhee National Forest which maintains the area as a historical site and picnic ground.
To preserve the kilns and for your own safety, we ask you to please not enter them, There is one exception. There is one kiln you are invited to enter. Watch for the signs by the front door of this kiln.
Erected by Targhee National Forest.
Location. 44° 18.636′ N, 113° 10.776′ W. Marker is near Leadore, Idaho, in Lemhi County. Marker is on Forest Road 533 near Forest Road 188, on the right when traveling west. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Leadore ID 83464, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. Preserve and Protect (a few steps from this marker); Wood (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Kilns (about 400 feet away); The Back Door (about 400 feet away); Charcoal (about 400 feet away); Brick (about 500 feet away); Viola - The Mine (about 500 feet away); Cote's Defile (approx. 5.1 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Leadore.
Also see . . . Birch Creek Charcoal Kilns - Wikipedia. The ruins of four kilns survive... There are no surviving remains of the town of Woodland, a short distance south of the kilns, where the kiln workers lived... The kilns were listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1972. (Submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.)
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Credits. This page was last revised on October 17, 2017. This page originally submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California. This page has been viewed 92 times since then and 5 times this year. Photos: 1, 2, 3. submitted on October 17, 2017, by Barry Swackhamer of San Jose, California.