National Wood Pipe site

Location: Northeast corner of Jefferson and Thurston

national_wood_pipeThe National Wood Pipe factory on fire in 1909
photograph from Digital Archives
hands onAs the former location of the pipe factory appears today (2011), the home of the Hands on Children’s Museum

Photograph courtesy of Deb Ross 

With the importance of water and water supply to the residents and industry of Olympia, a wooden pipe factory was in existence since early days. The National Wood Pipe Company built this factory in the late 1800s or early 1900s as part of a west coast chain of factories. The Pacific states used wood pipe extensively for drinking water as well as irrigation supplies. The 1909 fire was a major event of that year, and would have occurred around the time of the Carlyon Fill project.

For more information about and historical photographs of the building, follow these links:

Digital Archives photograph of the fire

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