Teapots and Scandals
This weekend I took an excursion to
the dry side of the state
for a little family time.
It's way different there,
both in geography, climate and culture.
Besides growing lots of apples
and some pretty fine wines,
the region produces a bumper crop of Republicans.
(On the wet side of the state,
we tend to have a more moderate climate
and grow more Democrats and Independents.)
Notwithstanding the dry side's affinity for R's,
there's a little architectural oddity alongside
I-82 that makes allusion to one of the dark moments
in a Republican presidency almost a century ago.
Remember Warren Harding and the Teapot Dome Scandal?
In case you've forgotten that period of American history,
there was some hanky-panky in the selling of leases
of federal oil reserves in Wyoming.
It rocked the Harding presidency and landed
the Interior Secretary Albert Fall in prison.
Talk about a fall guy.
So architect Jack Ainsworth designed
this dandy little gas station that was built in 1922.
Though it stopped dispensing motor gasoline
within the past five years,
it's listed on the National Register of Historic Places.