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Teepee Gas Stations & Restaurants (page 2)

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Walls Bakery [gone]
Waldorf, MD
Walls Bakery occupied this building from 1969 until 2005. The building originally housed the Wigwam, a restaurant and gambling casino with slot machines. It was built in the late 1940s. The sign is believed to be from the 1950s. At that time, Waldorf was a mini Las Vegas with motels, nightclubs, etc. The teepee part of the Wigwam was once used as a BBQ pit with a ventilation pipe coming out at the top. When Walls Bakery moved in, the store continued to sell Native American souvenirs and other gifts. In 1990, the neon sign was knocked over in a thunderstorm. It was repaired in the late 1990s.

When Walls Bakery relocated in 2005, the building and sign were abandoned. The building was boarded up in 2010 (bottom photo above) and the totem pole was gone. Later in 2010, the building was demolished but the sign remained. In 2013, the sign was donated to Charles County. The sign was moved to White Plains, MD and adapted to direct visitors to the Indian Head Rail Trail. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.

The Wigwams
Jasper, NY
The Wigwams now houses the Jasper Historical Museum. At one time, there were Gulf gas pumps in front of the building. Evidently, it housed a restaurant, museum, and gas station originally. It was probably built in the 1920s or 1930s. For more, see this website. [map]

Teepee
Separ, NM
Mi Cabana Restaurant
Tucson, AZ
Teepee
Globe, AZ
The Teepee in Separ is located at Bowlin's Continental Divide Historical Trading Post which is a gas station and convenience/souvenir store.

The Mi Cabana Restaurant has a teepee on its roof. For more, see this website.

This concrete Teepee in Globe was built in the 1940s as a fast food stand. In 1972, the building housed the Red Roan Saloon. The bar closed in 1980. It was vacant for many years until it was restored in 2011. The front door was covered over and the structure was repainted to match a photo from the 1940s. The building next door was demolished. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Kramer's Wigwam
Browning, MT
Kramer's Wigwam was built as a gas station and café in the 1930s. There was an apartment on the second floor. It was a Conoco station and later a Standard Oil station. The business was later named the Wigwam Café. It operated until the 1960s. In 1973, the building was moved during highway expansion. In 1988, it reopened as an art gallery. Since 1998, it has housed Big Lodge Espresso. For more, see these websites: 1, 2, and 3. [third photo thanks Mack Lundy Jr, USAF retired]

former gas station
Hilltop, KY
former gas station
Allentown, AZ
This former station in Hilltop used this metal teepee as the station's attendant's booth. It was part of a truck stop which included a restaurant and this gas station. The buildings were constructed in the 1930s. There is nothing left of the station now other than this teepee but the former restaurant remains. The teepee once was decorated with neon and painted triangles. The paper signs on the teepee which advertise for the Finch Oil Company were added recently. The original owner built two of these teepees. All that remains of the other one which is located on Route 36 is the lower half.

The former gas station in Allentown is located just off I-40. It was known at one time as the Indian City Exxon. The building has been vacant for decades. It stands next to Armand Ortega's Indian City, a souvenir and Indian arts and crafts store. For more, see this website.

Geronimo's Castle
Bowie, AZ
Geronimo's Castle was built in the 1940s. The building has been used as a Greyhound Bus Depot, curio shop, gas station, and restaurant. It was supposedly built where Chief Geronimo of the Apaches was captured. The postcard invited tourists to "stop in for a bottle of beer!". It is now known simply as "The Teepee". It was a bar and grill for many years but it closed in 2004 and has been vacant since then. For more, see these websites: 1 and 2.

Wigwam Service Station [gone]
Weyauwega, WI
Nothing is known about the Wigwam Service Station. It was in use as a Texaco station at the time of the second photo above. The ground floor may have housed a service bay and office or a café like those at Kramer's and Geronimo's described above. The upper floor may have been used as a residence for the station attendant. For more, see this website.

Cherokee Restaurant
Muskegon, MI
The Cherokee Restaurant opened in 1969 and is still in operation.

KJ's Big Tepee
Flora, MS
KJ's Big Tepee was previously known as Big D's BBQ. Big D's opened in the 1980s and the teepee was added later. It has been there since at least 2008. The teepee is made of monolithic dome type material. I believe KJ's Big Tepee closed in 2012 and the teepee is still vacant. [map]

TePee Tim's BBQ [gone]
New Stanton, PA
TePee Tim's BBQ had a 40 foot tall canvas structure. It was built in 2005 and used as a restaurant. Smoke billowing from the top was visible from the nearby interstate. By 2010, it was gone. For more, see this website.

More Teepee Gas Stations & Restaurants:
Tee Pee Barbecue (Long Beach, CA) [gone]
The Tee Pee Restaurant (Indianapolis, IN) [gone]
Tee Pee Filling Station: 1, 2 (Corwin Hot Springs, MT) [vintage; gone]
Dornan's Chuckwagon: 1, 2 (Moose, WY)

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