A few weeks ago, I was up at the Cutthroat Lake TH (Washington Pass) and walked up the overgrown road that spurs off right before you cross Cutthroat Creek on the bridge (this is steps past the parking area). Almost immediately, there's a metal tub with a pipe coming out of the ground and a sanded in valve across the way. If you walk a few minutes further, you come across PVC pipe in a few places, metal pipe in others, and then a corrugated metal cistern set maybe 8' into the ground. There's a bunch of wood debris in there (probably a collapsed cover), a metal table with a pump, and some metal pipe with valves that look like fill and discharge lines.
Seems like quite a bit of trouble to build and can't figure out if it was for watering horses at the start of the trail, a water supply for a campground that no longer exists, or some irrigation district project.
Does anyone know what this infrastructure was for?
Part of a road construction camp...? I just googled PVC, and it was used as early as the 1940's, so it's possible. But I would think the collapsed cover over a cistern would have been cleaned up by now. I know there was a construction camp at Early Winters.
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