|Teepee Restaurants & Gas Stations (page 1)|
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|The Tepees [gone]
|The Tepees was 18 miles west of Denver on Highway 40. It was a combination souvenir shop and restaurant with dancing and cocktails. The Tepees boasted of having the world's tallest teepees. I believe the place was built in the 1940s. It was vacant in the 1960s and demolished in the 1970s. [bottom photo thanks Larry Burda]|
|Hedge's Wigwam Restaurant [gone]
Royal Oak, MI
|Hedge's Wigwam was a cafeteria/gift shop. Their interior was rustic and log cabin-like with booths around the outside wall. I believe this place was built in the 1930s. In the 1960s, it was used as a "head shop" and burned down between 1968 and 1971. For more, see this website.|
|Indian Lodge Bar-B-Q & Pizzeria [gone?]|
|I can't find anything about the Indian Lodge which I assume is long gone. It was found in a box of California and Florida postcards so it might have been from either of those states - or not.|
|Red Man Supper Club
Land O' Lakes, WI
|The Red Man Supper Club opened in 1980. I don't know if it was built before that. The teepee serves as a dining room with tables arranged around a central fireplace. The business was for sale when these photos were taken in 2011.|
|El Tipi Quick Stop
The El Tipi Quick Stop, a gas station and convenience store, was being built when these photos were taken in 2011.
In 2011, this teepee was being constructed on the lot of a Shell station.
Grand Coulee, WA
The Teepee Drive-In features a rooftop teepee. An opening in the back reveals some wires indicating that this structure might be lit at night.
The Wigwam was a restaurant which closed in 2002. There was originally a travel court behind it. The Wigwam was most recently used as a flea market but the property is now for sale. The teepee structure was added to the log-cabin building's entrance sometime in the 1940s or 1950s.
|Powers Pancake (formerly Twin T-Ps) [gone]
The Twin T-Ps Restaurant opened in 1937 (another source says 1932, while another account says it was prefabricated in California and trucked to this site in 1934). The main dining room was in the southern teepee and had a huge open-pit fireplace covered with seashells and an American Indian inspired décor. The teepees were 42' tall with octagonal bases. In 1942, the restaurant was sold to Walter Clark who hired his war-time buddy as cook. The cook, later known as Colonel Sanders, supposedly worked on his fried chicken recipe here before starting his own fast food empire.
Clark had three other restaurants in Seattle. He renamed the T-Ps as "Powers Pancake House" and added 21 other locations (none of them with teepees) between 1959 and 1967. The original restaurant was renamed Twin TeePees at some point. Two fires (one in 1997 and a more serious one in 2000) led to its eventual demise. The landlord said the place was "too complex and expensive to repair" and it was bulldozed in 2001. For more info and photos, see these websites: 1, 2, 3, and 4.
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