Them’s Some Big Boots

On a rainy, cold windy day we planned to go for a hike we wimped out. We decided to do something local. Because I am always looking for things that we haven’t done before, I hopped on the internet and started searching.

I looked up sculptures in Seattle. I knew about the famous Fremont Troll, The Olympic Sculpture Garden and the Hammering Man but was surprised to find this:

America’s biggest hat and cowboy boots in America is right here in our own back yard!

How ridiculous is that. It reminds me of National Lampoon’s Vacation when they go to visit the biggest ball of yarn. It turns out that was a pretty good association because Hat ‘n’ Boots appeared in the opening credits of the film. I don’t remember that but it made me want to go see it even more.

This is what the website Roadside America had to say about the Hat n’ Boots:

This is a famous landmark was built in 1954 and was originally part of a cowboy-themed gas station built in 1954 named “Premium Tex.” The orange hat, 19 feet tall and 44 feet wide, sheltered the station office; the boots were Cowboys and Cowgirls bathrooms (the slightly smaller one was for the ladies).

To preserve this landmark, the City of Seattle moved the Hat ‘n’ Boots to the new Oxbow Park in December 2003.

Channeling our inner Griswold, we drove on down and took some photos of Chester and Gretel so they could check it off their bucket list.


I would say this is probably our most outrageously silly adventure :)


    • AdventureJess says

      I thought it was pretty funny myself. It makes it better that I didn’t know about them before that day. When you know about things like that in your town you can take them for granted and they lose their sparkle.

  1. Bruce Sherman says

    That sure brings back some memories. 99 used to be the only way out of town to the south, and the gas station was on the highway, so every time we drove to Portland to visit family we drove past the hat and boots. Then, they were a signal that we were getting close to home on the way back.

    They are looking good too.

    • AdventureJess says

      That’s a neat story Bruce. I think it would have been cool to see the gas station when it was in operation. They restored the hat and boots when they moved them to the park.

  2. says

    Everything about this is gold. A cowboy-themed gas station built in 1954 named “Premium Tex”!?! Bathrooms!? Are you kidding me!? I want to go to there.
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    • AdventureJess says

      I wish they were still the gas station and bathrooms. Imagine that! There are very few quirky, historic places left like that in the US.

    • AdventureJess says

      Hmm…there is a biggest egg somewhere in Washington too. I saw a picture and it is painted like the American Flag. I am curious what makes a “Ukrainian” Easter Egg different.

  3. says

    Hilarious. This cracks me up that this is in Seattle, not in Texas somewhere. :) I love how Chester is sticking out his tongue, like “stupid boots!” LOL

    • AdventureJess says

      It should be in Texas or somewhere in Kansas or something. When I think Seattle history I don’t think cowboy boots :) It feel more like a route 66 thing.


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