|Giant Hats (page 2)|
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|The Miner's Hat was built in the late 1930s as a drive-in rest stop that sold snacks and gas. Kellogg was a major mining center at this time and this structure was built in the shape of a miner's hard hat. A replica of a giant carbide lamp was placed over the entrance and the light it contains still works today. The building is 36 feet long, 20 feet wide, and 20 feet tall. In 1963, the construction of I-90 was completed causing a drop in business at the Miner's Hat. It closed a couple years later. In 1971, the building was converted into a real estate office which is still there today. For more, see this website. [map]|
|Hard Hat [gone?]
Big Spring, TX
This giant Top Hat is installed above Collectors Choice Toys, an antiques store. This prop is left over from the 2003 shooting of the Dr. Seuss's "Cat in the Hat" movie. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2. [map]
This giant Hard Hat is located west of town. There was no identified business associated with it. Does anyone know more about it? These photos are from 2012. I'm told that this hat may be gone due to expansion of the interstate. Can anyone confirm its disappearance or know if it was moved? [map]
Mount Airy, NC
|The Derby Restaurant was originally known as the Derby Cottage which opened in 1937. There was originally a small, derby-shaped Gulf gas station in front of the restaurant. For awhile, the gas station building served ice cream but it no longer there today. [map]|
|Graduation Cap [gone]
These giant Baseball Caps are located at the entrance to Angel Stadium. They were originally painted blue and were installed around 1997. They were repainted red in 2002. [map]
This Graduation Cap was installed in 2003 near Franklin University. The sculpture is entitled "Commencing" and is made of steel and aluminum. It weighs about 10,000 pounds and is supported by a network of 13 cables and five masts. The cap was built to celebrate the university's 100th anniversary and stayed up year-round. It need repairs and was taken down in 2012. It has not been reinstalled.
New Orleans, LA
|Boy Scout Hat
This giant Crown is installed on the roof of Beads by the Dozen. This store sells Mardi Gras items, Christmas decorations, and party supplies. [map]
The Fez in Louisville was installed over the entrance to the Kosair Shrine Temple. It was removed around 2015. The Kosair Shriners have another giant fez which is used in parades. For more, see this website.
The Fez in Warsaw is installed at the entrance to the Warsaw Shrine Club. [map]
The Leprechaun Hat is located on the roof of the Emerald Isle restaurant. It has been there since at least 2010. [map]
This Boy Scout Hat is used as a concession stand at the Kern County Fair. [map]
|former Kickerz Coffee
The former Kickerz Coffee in Tyler features a Lone Ranger style hat. The stand was closed in 2011 when this photo was taken. It was still closed in 2013 but the entire building had been repainted white. By 2015, the hat had been painted red and the building was housing Wright's BBQ. By 2016, the hat has been painted green, red, and white and was housing Cowboy Snowcones. [map]
The Kickerz Coffee in Whitehouse features a 110 Gallon Hoss Hat. This location closed in 2016. I don't know if the building will be reused. [map]
There is another location in Tyler with a Stetson style hat. This was the first location, built in 2006.
For more, see this website.
More Giant Hats:
Ski Hat (Big Pine, CA)
Hats in Three Stages of Landing (Salinas, CA)
Stormy Kromer (Ironwood, MI)
Zona Rosa Holiday Crowns (Kansas City, MO)
Hat-O-Mat Drive-in (Niles, OH) [vintage; gone]
Fez (Dallas, PA)
Bowler & Hat Stand (Dallas, TX)
Carl's Famous Brown Derby (Tyler, TX) [vintage, gone]
Giant Boots & Hat (Seattle, WA)
Gulliver's Hat (Valencia, Spain)
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