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The Frying Pan Kilns. These kilns were built for the creation of charcoal to fuel the silver refining ovens in Aspen in 1881. They were in continual use for 20 years being fed by the vast piñon pine forest in the surrounding valleys and mountains. They ceased operations around 1903 and for another six decades were used by local ranchers for cattle or hay storage. They were cleaned and saved and added to the Colorado Historic Registry in 1984.

Photos by James Blatter