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Photo: Courtesy Friends of the Teapot Dome, City of Zillah
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Teapot Dome House

Zillah, Washington

U.S. History buffs might recognize this structure: Architect Jack Ainsworth handcrafted the Dome House in 1922 after the Teapot Dome scandal. The scandal involved the U.S. Secretary of the Interior, who was jailed for accepting bribes from oil companies that wanted access to government-owned oil fields. The cornerless building has a sheet metal handle and concrete spout. The pot, which housed the pay station of a gas station until 2004, has been moved several times since it was built. Now, the city of Zillah is moving it again, from outside city limits to the town’s center.
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