Charcoal Kilns, Nicholia Idaho
These charcoal kilns were built to supply a smelter in Nicholia Idaho in 1866. There is a crossroads named Nicholia on the opposite, eastern, side of the valley from these kilns but no visible remains of the 19th Century settlement. The kilns are fairly well preserved, situated in a remote park that gets few visitors. The kilns have been coated with thick layers of pink paint which is slightly disconcerting. The kilns are in a beautifully desolate section of Idaho. Ghost towns and abandoned mining camps out number actual towns by a wide margin for many miles around. There are remains of the Viola mine and mine camp just east of Nicholia. Gilmore ghost town is a few miles north. Highway 28 to 29 and then 324 is a beautiful route to Bannack Montana.
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