Teapot Dome Service Station
117 1st Ave
A 1920s government scandal concerning the illegal leasing of naval oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyoming provided inspiration to Jack Ainsworth who in 1922 built a gas station at Zillah in the shape of a teapot. The hand-crafted service station remained in business for more than 80 years, surviving being hit by a car and having to move to make way for the construction of Interstate 82.
After it closed, the landmark began deteriorating, and was named to a Most Endangered List of historic sites. But the Zillah community rescued it, relocating the building to 1st Avenue in town, restoring it and opening it as a visitor information center.
Teapot Dome Service Station, Before Restoration (I11A0246)
Teapot Dome Service Station, Relocated and Restored (T13A0137)
While you're in the area, check out these sights:
- Church Of God-Zillah, Zillah, Washington
- Yakama Nation Cultural Center, Toppenish, Washington
- Gravity Hill, Prosser, Washington