Wood you believe it?

Although now a relic of the past, wood stave piping remains an admired piece of water history in Denver.

February 6, 2017 | By: TAP Staff
Wood stave pipe installation on May 14, 1910.
Wood stave pipe installation on May 14, 1910.


Crews install a 48-inch wood stave pipe in Denver on May 14, 1910. Introduced to the Denver area in the mid-1880s, wood stave pipes used to form the backbone of Denver’s water infrastructure. Despite the success and durability of wood piping, improvements in technology allowed water utilities to shift to other pipe materials in the middle of the 20th century, including reinforced concrete, ductile iron and steel. The last of Denver’s wood stave pipes were replaced in 1964.

2 thoughts on “Wood you believe it?”

  1. Do you have any old pictures that include people of color in the historical photo albums, either public or employee shots? This could give students a lead to interests that youth could relate.

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