Charcoal Kilns Interpretive Site

National Monuments & Historical Sites in Leadore
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Admire beehive-shaped kilns built for processing charcoal down a dirt road off of Highway 28, near Birch Creek. In the 1800s, 16 of these kilns were constructed from local clay, and the charcoal produced within them was used in the Viola Mine located 10 miles across the Lemhi Valley. The local mine operation closed after three short years, and the kilns broke down over time. In 2000, the remaining kilns were restored to their original shape: 20 feet high by 20 feet wide. Today, visitors to the historical site can enjoy walking trails, interpretive signage, and on the right day, a picnic.

USDA Forest Service - Charcoal Kilns Interpretive Site

Things To Know

  • The dirt access road is not maintained in the winter months, always check local conditions before departure.

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