Tuesday, September 2, 2014

Shamrock TX

November 2012 - Shamrock TX

March 2013 - Shamrock TX

We drove through Shamrock on our west and east bound trips.

Shamrock got its name from the first postmaster of the town; an Irish immigrant named George Nickle, in 1893.

The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café is located along historic Route 66 in Shamrock. Built in 1936 by J. M. Tindall and R. C. Lewis at the cost of $23,000, this gem of a building got its start in the dust when John Nunn drew his idea for the station on the ground with an old nail.

With its Art Deco detailing and two towers, the building was designed and constructed to be three separate structures. The first was the Tower Conoco Station, named for the dominating four-sided obelisk rising from the flat roof and topped by a metal tulip. The second was the U-Drop Inn Café, which got its name from a local schooolboy's winning entry in a naming contest. The third structure was supposed to be a retail store that instead became an overflow seating area for the café. The Tower Station was the first commercial business located on the newly designated Route 66 in Shamrock, and is one of the most imposing and architecturally creative buildings along the length of the road. 

Until about the late 1970s, the Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was light brick with green glazed tiles. Now refurbished with light pink concrete highlighted by green paint, it still looks much the same as it did during the heyday of the Mother Road. The towering spire above the service station still spells out C-O-N-O-C-O, a reminder of the booming business that the Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café once saw.


  1. You never know what you will see in Texas. Seems you saw a few interesting sights along your route.

  2. I lived in Texas for a lot of years, but never visited Shamrock. I can see I missed out! Love the art deco Conoco station. I'm glad it is taken care of. Wouldn't mind trying one of Vern's steaks. Wonderful post! Thank you for linking up!

  3. Your Route 66 adventure keeps going and going...GREAT! Tom The Backroads Traveller

  4. Been loving your posts! Love Rt. 66 memories! That Art Deco building is exquisite!!!

  5. Still loving your travel posts. . .


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