Near Panamint Springs in Inyo County, California — The American West (Pacific Coastal)
The original marker has been replaced.
Built in 1877, these kilns produced charcoal for the Modock Mine smelter about 20 miles to the west. Workers filled the stone kilns with piñon pine logs (relatively abundant in this area) and fired them. The burning, which reduced the wood to charcoal, took six to eight days. Cooling took another five days. Wagons then hauled the charcoal to the furnace smelter, where it was burned to extract the lead for the Modock Consolidated Mining Company, owned by George Hearst, father of newspaperman William Randolph Hearst. The kilns closed after only three years, but they still smell of creosote inside. Because of their brief life and remote location, these may be the best preserved examples of charcoal kilns in the west.
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
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.
Erected by U.S. Department of the Interior- National Park Service- Death Valley National Park.
Location. 36° 14.809′ N, 117° 4.575′ W. Marker is near Panamint Springs, California, in Inyo County. Marker is on Charcoal Kiln Road, on the right when traveling south. The marker is located on Charcoal Kiln Road, which is a dirt road leading into Wildrose Canyon. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Lone Pine CA 93545, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 2 other markers are within 17 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Skidoo Pipeline (approx. 3.2 miles away); Ballarat (approx. 16.1 miles away).
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Credits. This page was last revised on May 26, 2018. This page originally submitted on October 12, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. This page has been viewed 228 times since then and 12 times this year. Photos: 1. submitted on May 23, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. 2, 3, 4. submitted on October 12, 2015, by Trev Meed of Round Mountain, Nevada. 5. submitted on April 4, 2018, by Craig Baker of Sylmar, California. • Syd Whittle was the editor who published this page.