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December 13, 2003 – Iconic Hat ‘n’ Boots gas station is saved
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December 13, 2003 – Iconic Hat ‘n’ Boots gas station is saved

A publicity phenomena took over American highways and byways in the 1950s as gas stations became more than a place to refuel your car. Neon lit roadside attractions replicating huge rockets, smiling dinosaurs or, in one case, the world’s largest hat and cowboy boots, popped up all across the US. Why? People loved to drive! As folks crammed into cars to crisscross the country, gas station owners battled for business by building one-of-a-kind attractions for families to fill up their cars, stomachs and film rolls. Hat 'n' Boots prior to being saved Seattle, Washington’s Hat’n’Boots gas station opened in 1954 on Highway 99 in the Georgetown neighborhood, becoming the latest fill up to participate in the trend. The builders even received a patent for its unique design in 1956. Loca...

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