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SPECIAL ANNOUNCEMENTSOn Monday, October 25, 2010 at 7:00 p.m. the SEATTLE CHANNEL’s 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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ABOUT THE PARK
Oxbow Park is located in the heart of historic Georgetown.Acreage: 0.81
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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