8 Seattle Oddities You Gotta See to Believe


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Weird, wonderful and wacky, Seattle has its share of oddities for your family to explore—each one guaranteed to put a smile on your face. Flip through the gallery for eight must-see tourist attractions you won’t necessarily find in the Seattle guide books.

Oxbow “Hat n’ Boots” Park

Originally designed for a western-style gas station in the ’50s, this Georgetown oddity (commonly referred to as Hat n’ Boots) was built with a 44-foot wide cowboy hat and 22-foot high boots. After its opening, it quickly became the biggest selling station in the state. In fact, legend has it even Elvis Presley dropped by when he was in town during the World’s Fair in 1962. When Seattle began diverting traffic to its brand new interstate (I-5) in the early ’60s, the station started to fizzle and by the late ’80s it hit the trail’s end. That’s when Georgetown residents saddled up and rescued the beloved Hat n’ Boots which still stands tall today.

Good to Know: Oxbow Park features a play area and p-patch, so pack a lunch and make an afternoon of it.

6430 Corson Ave. S.
Seattle, Wa 98108
Online: seattle.gov/parks/find/parks/oxbow-park or Map It

photo: Javacolleen via Flickr

Do you have any odd or silly Seattle sights to add to our list? Tell us in the comments below.

— Helen Walker Green

Feature photo courtesy of Natalia Dotto Photography.

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