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I wanted to share this photo, as it is one of my favorites. I collect beautiful or curious pictures. This one at last drew me in to find out where it was from. It’s a location in Nevada of all places!

The Milky Way, old news. But what the heck is this scene? A row of stone pyramids in middle-of-nowhere Nevada. Abandoned. And they’ve been derelict for over a century.

The structures, now part of Ward Charcoal Ovens State Historic Park, were just that—kilns built to crisp wood into charcoal, part of a much larger town that existed in the late 19th century. Ironically (or perhaps not surprisingly at all), the town burned down, preserving the kilns and little else. And now they just sit there, with the stars as their backdrop. [via

Photo: Tom McEwan