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Walker Charcoal Kiln

This unique structure is located near Walker. An easy ¼ mile trail leads to the Kiln. This kiln was constructed around 1880 by Jake and Joe Carmichael. It converted oak wood into charcoal which was hauled to nearby smelters and mills. The charcoal was a more effective method to power furnaces.
A single batch of oak was probably burned for several days and then cooled. As soon as the charcoal was removed, from the oven, it was quickly filled again for another burning.
Gamble oak populations were severally effected during this time period within the Bradshaws. Not only by mills, smelters and ovens but simply for house hold heating and cooking. For many years’ woodcutters found steady work.

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