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Altair Campground Community Kitchen
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Altair Campground Community Kitchen in October 2015
Altair Campground Community Kitchen is located in Washington (state)
Altair Campground Community Kitchen
Location in Washington (state)
Location Along Elwha River, about 3.4 miles (5.5 km) south of Elwha, in Olympic National Park
Area less than one acre
Built 1935
Architect Civilian Conservation Corps
Architectural style Rustic
MPS Olympic National Park MPS
NRHP reference No. 07000732
Added to NRHP July 13, 2007

The Altair Campground Community Kitchen, also known as Altaire Campground Community Kitchen, was built in Olympic National Park to serve the Altair Campground. It is an open rectangular shelter built in 1935 by the Civilian Conservation Corps personnel from the Elwha River Camp in the National Park Service Rustic style.

Located near the Elwha River, the peeled log structure is capped with a cedar shake roof, enclosing a cooking fireplace and chimney. It measures about 28 feet (8.5 m) by 17 feet (5.2 m), with a stone cooking fireplace in the middle, rising through the roof. The lower portions of the log columns have been replaced with concrete piers due to deterioration, and the original peeled log railings have disappeared.

The Altair and Elwha Campground Community Kitchens are the only such structures remaining in Olympic National Park. The Altair campground was named after the USS Altair, whose crew regularly used the site in the 1920s and 1930s. The kitchen structure was listed on National Register of Historic Places on July 13, 2007.

By 2014 the Elwha Dam and all other dams along the Elwha River were removed. When the river flooded in November 2015, both Altair and Elwha Campgrounds were severely damaged by water. National Park Service has no plans to restore the two campgrounds. The actual state of buildings in the two areas is not clear.

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