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Oxbow Park

 
Address: 6430 Corson Ave S, 98108 (Map It)
Seattle Parks and Recreation Information:
(206) 684-4075 | Contact Us TTY Phone: (206) 233-1509

SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTS

On Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. the SEATTLE CHANNELs Emmy-award winning program Community Stories hit the trail to tell the story of the Hat n Boots, the distinct and quirky gas station that survived five decades and a four block move thanks to Georgetown residents determination to save their beloved landmark. Click here to view the video.

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PARK FEATURES
  • Play Area
  • P-Patch Community Garden

HOURS

4 a.m. - 11:30 p.m.

ABOUT THE PARK

Oxbow Park is located in the heart of historic Georgetown.

Acreage: 0.81

HISTORY

In 1953, Seattle artist Lewis Nasmyth was hired to "rustle up" a design for a western-style gas station in Georgetown. Featuring a 44-ft. wide cowboy hat and 22-ft. high boots, the Hat n' Boots opened the next year to a stampede of customers. In fact, for a time it was the biggest selling station in the state. Legend has it even Elvis dropped by when he was in town during the World's Fair in '62. But in the early 60's, a brand new interstate, I-5, started diverting traffic away from the station. By the late 80's it pretty much looked like trail's end for the Hat n' Boots. That's when some Georgetown residents saddled up to rescue the soul of their community. The Hat n Boots is as important to Georgetown as the Golden Gate Bridge is to San Francisco, says Allan Phillips, former director of the Georgetown Community Council. If the Hat n Boots were ever to be gone from Georgetown, it would be like losing our soul.

To learn more about Seattle Parks and Recreation, including historic landmarks, military base reuse, and the Sherwood History Files, view our Park History.

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PROJECTS & PLANNING

Pro Parks Levy
- Park development


Hat & Boots


Oxbow Park


Hat & Boots Historic Photo

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