Near Leamington in Millard County, Utah — The American Mountains (Southwest)
Morrison Charcoal Ovens 1882
Wood in mountain canyons to the East was cut into four foot logs, put on mules and horses and hauled to the mouth of the canyon (one of which still has the name of Wood Canyon). Each mule carried approximately one-fourth cord of wood. Young 18 year old Mathias Caeb Dutson made three such trips each day. Total for the day, three cords. The wood was then brought to the ovens by wagon or cart. Records indicate that John Carson and Louis Nielson and other men from the area helped cut and haul the wood and fire the charcoal ovens.
The wood was put through the charge door (the higher window), stacked on end, around and above a wooden fire place which had been built in the center of the oven, filled with chips and wood shavings to provide tinder for the later fire. The wood continued to be stacked until the oven was full (about 25 cords). A long torch was pushed through to the tinder box to light a fire. The burning fireís
The charcoal was used by smelters in making steel. It was also used as insulation to keep foods an even temperature. As charcoal burns with a hot, smokeless flame, it was used on trains and other places for cooking. It was also used by blacksmiths in their forges.
Exactly how long the ovens were used, the record is not clear. It seems their use overlapped one year the establishment of the Ibex Smelter (1895) two miles to the northwest. The smelter closed after one year of operation, because of lack of ore. This probably ended the use of charcoal ovens. Standing inside the oven or outside looking to the top of Wood Canyon, one can almost hear the sound of axes, of men and mules, wagons and trains. The sounds of history are silently heard in our minds as we go back to once upon a time.
Erected by Utah State Historical Society, Utah Dept of Transportation, Union Pacific Railroad, and Descendents of these Pioneers and Individual Contributors.
Location. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Delta UT 84624, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. A different marker also named Morrison Charcoal Ovens 1882 (within shouting distance of this marker); Oak City / The Bell (approx. 12.3 miles away).
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