Monday, July 30, 2012

Want some tea?

'Course ya do!

Better bring a really big cup, though.

This is the Teapot Dome Service Station, a historical roadside attraction in the little town of Zillah, Washington.  It was built in 1922 as a cheeky visual reference to the then-current Teapot Dome Scandal, and operated as a working service station for many years.  Over time, the service station closed down and the structure fell into disrepair.  It has recently been refurbished and moved to a more central spot in Zillah's downtown.  (So if you go looking for it, ignore the freeway signs along I-82; they'll direct you to the wrong exit.  Take exit 52 instead.)

We stopped by the Teapot on our drive to Utah.  (I, uh, just forgot to mention it at the time.)

Oh, for the days when gas was 27 cents a gallon.

We took a look around the area and got close enough to peek inside the teapot.  Here's what we saw through the window.

The pipe of this old stove appears to hook up to the teapot's spout... so on cold days when the stove is lit, the teapot might look like it's steaming.  If so, nice touch.

It's too bad you don't see much novelty construction jobs these days.  I, for one, would jump at the chance to live in a teapot-shaped cottage.

Really, wouldn't you?

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