During the 1880’s the Birch Creek Valley bustled with activity as miners worked a rich body of ore located about 10 miles east of the Kilns, known as the Viola Mine. It was discovered in 1881 and produced $2,500,000 worth of lead and silver before the ore ran out in 1888. Metal was extracted from the ore by a smelter located near the mine. The smelter contained two blast furnaces, each capable of handling 40 tons of ore per day. The furnace consumed prodigious quantities of fuel, resulting in the building of the Charcoal Kilns.
At a Glance
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From Dubois, ID travel west on ID-22W for approximately 30.5 miles. Turn right onto ID-28N for 36.8 miles, then turn right onto Spring Mountain Road. Follow signs to the kilns.