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Tower Conoco Station & U-Drop Inn

1242 N Main St, Shamrock, Texas 79079 USA

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“since 1936!”

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. Plans were later given to architect Joseph Berry who set the final wheels in motion. 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. Today, the City of Shamrock owns the building, which it has fully restored using a Federal Transportation Enhancements Grant and local fundraising. Visitors are welcome to the station, which is now operating as a visitor center, chamber of commerce office, and community center.

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RV Canucks

  • 6 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
September 23, 2020
Rated 5.0

Elvis stayed here! And this building was recreated brick for brick in the Disney movie Cars are Ramone's auto body shop. Really great place to get out and stretch your legs. plenty of parking nearby for RVs and motorhomes. Must do if you love nostalgia and Route 66. Tesla electric charging stations also available

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James_Bray

  • 14 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
July 02, 2019
Rated 4.0

Beautiful building along 66. Well worth the stop for the nostalgia. Lots of other period buildings in the area.

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kendragallegosreichle

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
June 21, 2018
Rated 5.0

Great stop! Lots of cool history, friendly people working there and great photo opps. Fun fact: Elvis stayed at the U-Drop Inn! Really cool setup with historical scenarios set up and a cute little gift shop. Bonus: free coffee and ice water!

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Tower Conoco Station & U-Drop Inn

1242 N Main St
Shamrock, Texas
79079 USA

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Closed Now
  • Sun - Sat: 10:00 am - 4:00 pm

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