A gas station in the shape of a teapot. Now that’s something I can get behind. And the fact that this handsome teapot was built in 1922 to commemorate the Teapot Dome bribery scandal of the 1920s and not a hot refreshing brew is fine by me. I’m just amazed (and impressed) that somebody way back when thought this rock looked like a teapot. Moved from its original location in 1978, the Teapot Dome Service Station is currently located across I-82 from Zillah, Washington.
Originally built in 1922, the Teapot has been listed on the National Register of Historic Places since 1985. There’s one of those brown signs on the highway. The Teapot also made it onto another, less auspicious, historic list in 2007: the Washington Trust for Historic Preservation’s list of Most Endangered Historic Properties. And an organization, the Friends of the Teapot Dome, has formed to save the Teapot. Check out their Facebook page. Their goal is to relocate the Teapot to downtown Zillah, and convert it to a information kiosk. The estimated price tag: $250,000. I applaud their efforts and hope things work out. Converting it to another use, especially a “kitsch kiosk”, won’t be the same, but it will be better than nothing.