Brief HistoryThe Teapot Dome Service Station was originally located on Hwy. 410 between Zillah and Granger. It was handcrafted by Jack Ainsworth in 1922. He built it inspired by the Harding Administration Teapot Dome Scandal. The store next to the Teapot was the Old Dalton Trading Co. General Country Store was built by Jack Ainsworths’ father in 1902. In 1928 Mr. and Mrs. A.J. Thomas purchased the Teapot. They operated the gas station along with a store fountain built on the same site. This was an era when gasoline dealers gave people something to look at and tell their friends about when they got home.
In 1978 the construction of I-82 forced the removal of the building from its original location. Five days before the scheduled move it was hit by a car and caved in. It had to be reconstructed which was no easy job because it was all hand-crafted. Fortunately, the building was reconstructed and then moved with the help of the State Dept. of Transportation some 1.2 miles to its’ current site at 14691 Yakima Valley Highway.
The Teapot has become an icon for Zillah because of its historical roots and longevity. In 2007, the Teapot was listed on the "Most Endangered List. In 2012 the Teapot was moved to its current location at 117 First Avenue, Zillah, Washington.
It’s Finally HomeOur beloved little Teapot building was moved into Teapot Dome Memorial Park in 2012. It was completely restored and now serves as the Visitor’s Center/Tourist Destination with historical information and products available at the site. That site is also home to the Fallen Firefighter Memorial and the Zillah Veterans Memorial.
Friends of the Teapot AssociationFriends of the Teapot Association are committed to historic preservation and community service through education and resource-acquiring methods.
Friends of the Teapot Association believe that treasuring and respect for the past leads to a brighter future. The rehabilitation of the Teapot Dome Gas Station was just the start of our mission. Are you interested in volunteering at the Teapot? For more information contact Michael Grayum, City Administrator.
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Contact Friends of the Teapot at:
PO Box 1629
Zillah, WA 98953
- Michael Grayum, City Administrator
- Ardele Steele, Planning & Community Dev. Director
- Friends of the Teapot