Zillah Teapot is moving!
City officials hope to have the historic Teapot Dome gas station moved into town within a year.
Owners of the idle, 84-year-old teapot-shaped building accepted the city's offer of $125,000 to buy the structure and two acres it sits on just southeast of town along the Yakima Valley Highway.
The dome was built in the shape of a teapot in 1922, symbolizing the oil scandals and bribery charges that rocked Warren G. Harding's presidency a year earlier when he ordered oil reserves at Teapot Dome, Wyo., and Elk Hill, Calif., to be transferred from the Navy to the Department of Interior.
Rising fuel prices more than two years ago convinced owners Keith and Sarah Strader to close the station.
But now Zillah business owners and City Council members envision moving the dome -- which is on the National Historic Register -- to town and converting it into a tourism information center, Mayor Gary Clark said.