Plateau Archaeological Investigations conducted a cultural resource survey for the City of Republic for their proposed Pine Grove Water Service Extension project. The proposed project includes a 2.5 to 3.0-mile water transmission line and the replacement of the existing Pine Grove water distribution system. The project was partially funded by a U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development grant, and as such, cultural resource compliance standards mandate a Section 106 review.
According to background research conducted at the Department of Archaeology and Historic Preservation, several cultural resource surveys have been conducted in or near the Project Area, two resulting in the recordation of an historic-era isolate and a multi-component site adjacent to the Project Area. Neither site was considered eligible for listing on the National Register of Historic Places.
The cultural resource survey and subsurface investigations provided evidence of historic-era occupation and use adjacent to the Project Area. This included a barn located within the Ferry County Fairgrounds, and an area containing three structures and associated debris. This later location was not formally recorded as a site since no evidence suggesting a deposition age greater than 50 years old was noted. Subsurface investigations recovered two historic-era objects in two non-contiguous locations. No further archaeological investigations were recommended prior to or during execution of the City of Republic Pine Grove Water Service Extension Project.
Location: Ferry County, Washington