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Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park Coffee Mug featuring the photograph Ward Charcoal Oven by Robert Bales

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Ward Charcoal Oven Coffee Mug




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Our ceramic coffee mugs are available in two sizes: 11 oz. and 15 oz. Each mug is dishwasher and microwave safe.


11 oz.

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Great image! F/L

Robert Bales replied:

Thanks Jeff for the comment and the LF!!

Awesome capture of a piece of history Robert! Amazing! Thank you for sharing! L/F :-)

Robert Bales replied:

Sorry I missed this one, but thanks so much for the comment and the LF!!

Love this image! Nice description, too! f/l

Robert Bales replied:

So glad you enjoyed it and thanks for looking and the comment!

This is a very informative photo and so well done. I've always wondered what these ovens looked like from close up. GOOD JOB!!!!

Robert Bales replied:

Thanks Donna for the great support!

Great image and description, Robert!

Robert Bales replied:

Thanks Heidi and I am glad you enjoyed it!

Coffee Mug Reviews (983)

Average Rating (4.85 Stars):

February 14th, 2019

The cup was a beautiful as the photo on the web site. Very pleased with my purchase.

February 12th, 2019

Bought on behalf of friend She loves it

February 12th, 2019

Excellent product,photo was flawless! This purchase was a gift for a friend and they loved it!

February 11th, 2019

The photo doesn’t fill the mug. There are gray borders on either side of the photo: .75 inches on one side and 1.25 inches on the other

February 11th, 2019

Love roosters! Love drinking from it!

February 11th, 2019

Love it!

Artist's Description

Hidden away in remote locations across the Silver State stand beehive-shaped monuments to Nevada's mining past. These conical stone or brick structures were ovens that reduced firewood to charcoal used in smelters to remove precious metals from ore. At the height of their use in the late 1800s, the charcoal ovens contributed to the denuding of forests on mountain ranges in Central and Eastern Nevada. Six huge ovens built at the site in 1873 produced charcoal for smelters processing the ore from the Ward Mining District in the Egan Mountains. Erected by Swiss-Italian craftsmen, the ovens remained in use until about 1879, when the mines began to play out. Woodcutters brought all kinds of wood, even sagebrush, to the ovens, which held 35 cords at a time. Under controlled conditions, the wood burned for five days. The product recovered after a cooling period was nearly pure carbon, lightweight and easily transported to the smelters. The efficiently burning ovens replaced earlier charcoal...

About Robert Bales

I am a retired teacher, coach and athletic director. While my wife, Judy, and I were teaching she had a photo studio, and I had a dark room where I did black and white and color. Some was for the studio while most of it was just a hobby. When we retired in 2000, we sold our house in Eastern Washington and moved onto our boat, Last Class, and our motorhome. We sold Last Class a few years ago and bought a small house in Yuma, Arizona and bought another one in Emmett Idaho. Now we spend the summers in Emmett and the winters in Yuma. Over our 50 years of marriage, we have always had an interest in photography and both of us enjoy taking the photos for this site. I am heading to Yuma for the winter so I will off line some of the time for 3...

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