Hat ‘n’ Boots
Hat ‘n’ Boots
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If I show you the boots in the previous blog, then I really have to show you the whole enchilada – and here it is in all its Americana colossal kitsch, the famous Georgetown landmark of the Hat ’n’ Boots that originally was part of an ill-fated cowboy-themed gas station built in 1954 named “Premium Tex”. The 44-feet-wide hat shielded the pump station; the 19-feet-high boots housed well-heeled restrooms.

 

This unique station was designed by Lewis H Nasmyth; but the concept was the creation of Western fanatic Bulford Seals, who hoped to expand the gas station – where attendants sported spiffy cowboy outfits – into a Western-themed shopping centre named “Frontier Village” – and even Elvis was rumoured to have stopped at the Hat ’n’ Boots in 1962, presumably when he was in town filming “It Happened at the World’s Fair”.

 

The venture, alas, failed to pan out. The gas station closed in 1988, and Hat ‘n’ Boots sank into a period of decay and vandalism. But the calvary came riding in to the rescue in the form of Georgetown neighbourhood, a part residential, part industrial area of Seattle that is in the process of metamorphosing into an artsy community. The local community council bought it for $1 and then went about raising the buckaroos needed to help restore the Hat ‘n’ Boots to its former glory.

 

In 2003 it was moved to its new location in Oxbow Park. The Boots were returned to their original state in 2005; but the Hat remained a wire skeleton for years until its restoration was finally completed in 2010. There are plans in the works to have it house an interpretive exhibit on the history and meaning of the Hat ‘n’ Boots.

 

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