Hat n' Boots officially named historic landmark

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by JOE FRYER / KING 5 News

KING5.com

Posted on June 27, 2011 at 10:51 PM

Updated Monday, Jun 27 at 10:58 PM

SEATTLE -- The city of Seattle officially named the iconic Hat n' Boots a historic landmark, giving the aging roadside attraction more protections.

Built in 1954, the 44-foot wide cowboy hat and 22-foot high boots were once part of a Western-style gas station along Highway 99.  The big hat hung over the cashier and the boots were restrooms.

"They're a unique roadside attraction," said Allan Phillips, who worked hard to restore Hat n' Boots.  "There were lots of Paul Bunyans, there were lots of teepees, but there's only one Hat n' Boots."

After the station went out of business, the giant structures began to crumble. In 2002, they were moved to Oxbow Park, a few blocks away, then restored and repainted.

"It was a big piece of artwork and it needs to be preserved simply for its artistic beauty," Phillips said.

The bathrooms no longer work, to the disappointment of Casey and Brianna Haskett, who visited Hat n' Boots for the first time Monday night.   But they were still impressed.

"Pretty epic," Casey said.

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