Redwood Rain Gutters and Water Pipes

Sometimes I can’t see for looking. Kitty corner to where we are constructing our layout in the Skunk yard is a squarish wooden building. I must have looked at it hundreds of times. It wasn’t until Club member Chuck Whitlock innocently said to me that “it was brought in from the woods” that I looked at it carefully and saw that the rain gutters were made of redwood. Yes, redwood  – see pics below. That makes the building close to 100 years old because I believe wooden gutters went out of vogue in the 1920’s.

Redwood gutter in use on a building that was once used in the woods

Redwood gutter in use on a building that was once used in the woods

Redwood Gutter - note growth on shingles and gutter

Redwood Gutter – note growth on shingles and gutter

The day that webmaster Roger Thornburn took the above pictures he and I were in the Fort Bragg Guest House museum. On the floor at the top of the stairs were samples of redwood water pipes – see pic below. The larger I knew about – see our website page – but the smaller variety was new to me. Roger and I surmise that the smaller were in use when Fort Bragg installed its municipal water system in the 1920’s and used them to go from the mains to the houses. Note how the smaller pipes are not augered out but consist of  six smaller pieces of wood bound together with wire.

Redwood pipes at the top of the stairs in the Fort Bragg Guest House Museum

Redwood pipes at the top of the stairs in the Fort Bragg Guest House Museum