Wooden Water Pipes Discovered in Ketchum


Idaho's infrastructure is old, some older than others.

This morning's Magic Valley Times-News reports that when water pipes under Ketchum's Trail Creek Village leaked recently, workers discovered that the pipe had been built of redwood, bound with tar paper.

The Times-News reports that redwood was considered "state of the art" in the late 1800s, when water systems were built in Ketchum. The city replaced most of the wooden pipes with steel and then plastic over the next century.

Ironically, the wooden pipe was discovered during Ketchum's Wagon Days weekend, when redwood wagons paraded through the streets of the Wood River Valley.