I’m A Little Teapot Short And Stout… (Gas Station of course)

How many of you have seen the Teapot Gas Station in Zillah Washington, right along Interstate 82. You can’t miss it. It’s right between the Dollar General (of course) and the Zillah Cemetery. 

It is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Located at 117 First Avenue, the station is an example of novelty architecture. It was intended as a reminder of the Teapot Dome Scandal that rocked the presidency of Warren G. Harding and sent Interior Secretary Albert Fall to prison for his role in leasing government oil reserves in, among other places, Teapot Dome, Wyoming.

The station was built in 1922 on what later became U.S. Route 12. The building has a circular frame with a conical roof, sheet metal “handle”, and a concrete “spout”. Many such novelties were constructed as roadside attractions as the national highway system in the United States expanded during the 1920s and 1930s. The unique service station continued operation as a full-service gas station for some years. When Interstate 82 was constructed near Zillah in 1978 the station was relocated less than a mile down the Yakima Valley Highway. After the gas station was closed in 2006, it was purchased by the city the following year, rehabilitated, and relocated in 2012 to 117 First Avenue. It now serves as Zillah’s visitors center.

Historical background taken from Wikipedia. No idea if the site was branded.