Old wooden water pipe unearthed near Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery

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You never know what you’ll find when you dig up an old water system.

Federal archaeologists are now excavating a 15-foot wooden pipe, at least a hundred years old, discovered by accident at the Leavenworth National Fish Hatchery.

The pipe was found after rodents dug out one end of it.

It carried water to the on-site homes of hatchery workers until 1964, when it was bypassed and forgotten.

Hatchery officials say next spring, they’ll remove the pipe from the ground and put it on display in front of their headquarters.