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Williamstown, Kentucky: Metal Tepee

Looking more like a large geometric cone than a teepee, it reportedly served as a gas station office in the 1950s and has been mysteriously resistant to corrosion ever since.

100 KY-36, Williamstown, KY
US Hwy 25, 2.5 miles south of Williamstown (or 9 miles north of Corinth), at the point where Hwy 36 breaks off from US Hwy 25 and heads east.
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Metal Tepee

The Metal Tepee has been painted an odd vanilla color....

[Stephen Francia, 01/27/2021]

Well, the teepee is at least more teepee-toned now, but we liked it better when it was rocketship silver.


Metal Tepee

The teepee is a bit worse for the wear. It has a "No dumping" sign on the Home Depot-style front door. The castle is now encased in siding, and is nothing special. There is a well/cistern between the teepee and former castle, which is a little creepy. My kids also found an old timey key outside the building and had fun trying the locks.

[Geoff Gingerich, 08/25/2017]


Metal Tepee

The "Metal Tepee" is still in great condition. I passed it on 03/02/09. It's on US-25, 2.5 miles south of Williamstown (or 9 miles north of Corinth), right at the intersection where KY Route 36 breaks off US-25 and heads east. Google Maps (which is often wrong) calls this area "Hilltop, KY".

The white building next to it doesn't really look much like a castle. More like a large white box.

[loungelistener, 02/03/2009]
Metal Tepee

The tepee is actually in Williamstown and served as a gas station office in the '50s and '60s. It sits in front of an abandoned truck stop that resembles a castle.

[Don Martin, 12/02/2008]
Metal Teepee

Does anyone know anything about the apparently abandoned aluminum(or painted galvanized steel..It's been there a long time with no visible corrosion..It doesn't look like stainless steel) tipi along old U.S. 25, between Corinth and Williamstown? I've gone past this thing a bazillion times since around 1974, and it seems to be standing due to some form of arrested entropy -- it hasn't decayed but little since the first time I saw it. No indication as to what it was originally, though it looks like it's being used as junk storage now.

[Scott, 02/05/2000]

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