Millions of acres of American wetlands have been destroyed since the late 1700s, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Early settlers viewed wetlands as disease-ridden swamps that impeded travel and agricultural development. Their solution was to drain the wetlands and turn them into farmable land.

In the mid 1960s, the port was growing in Tacoma. Shipping channels were being expanded, and more land was needed for industrial activities. Like many wetlands in the area, Wapato Creek was diverted into a channelized ditch. Its former path was filled with material removed from the waterways, solving both the need for expanded waterways and more land. The channelized ditch ran along 12th Street East in Fife, then followed Alexander Avenue west to a culvert that feeds into Blair Waterway.


Please take note of the following closures at all of our locations, including King Creek Pit, Kapowsin Quarry, the mechanics shop, and the main office:

Labor Day Weekend Closures

  • Saturday, September 2, 2023: Closed
  • Sunday, September 3, 2023: Closed
  • Monday, September 4, 2023: Closed

Over the years, a few customers have asked us about the wisdom of using gravel grids. We did a deep dive into this topic, examining options on the Internet, calling dealers and supply yards, and comparing product data. We ended up with so much information that we decided to split our findings into three blog posts:

Let’s start with the basics.


Almost 900 feet above the Colorado River, the views from the Mike O’Callaghan-Pat Tillman Memorial Bridge are spectacular. Tourists have a panoramic view of the Hoover Dam and the blue-green waters of the river, which travel from the top of the dam to the bottom. This technological marvel is surrounded by red rock canyons, providing a stark contrast between industry and nature.


Please take note of the following closures at all of our locations:

Fourth of July Closures

  • Saturday, July 1, 2023: Closed
  • Monday, July 3, 2023: Closed
  • Tuesday, July 4, 2023: Closed

Please take note of the following closures at all of our locations:

Memorial Day Weekend Closures

  • Saturday, May 27, 2023: Closed
  • Sunday, May 28, 2023: Closed
  • Monday, May 29, 2023: Closed

We will reopen for regular business hours on Tuesday, May 30, 2023.