Route 66 Road Trip to Shamrock, Texas

The U-Drop Inn in ShamrockThe U-Drop Inn in Shamrock

The Mother Road crossed the Texas state line at Texola, OK, near Shamrock, and traveled through McLean and Groom on its way to Amarillo. Shamrock is 15 miles west of the Oklahoma-Texas border.

First settled in 1890, the city is located in south central Wheeler County, and has a population of about 2,000 residents. The location of U.S. Highway 66 made the main avenue of Shamrock boom with garages, filling stations, restaurants, and tourist courts.

Among the attractions today are the Pioneer West Museum, Zeigler House, the Magnolia Gas Station, and the U-Drop Inn. A fragment of the genuine Blarney Stone from Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland, is mounted on a pillar in Elmore Park.

The Shamrock Visitor Information Center and the Chamber of Commerce are located in the U-Drop Inn.

The annual St. Patrick’s Celebration is held on the weekend closest to St Patrick’s Day. Irish Craftfest is held annually the first weekend of October at the Shamrock Area Community Center.

Map showing the location of Shamrock and Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle
Map showing the location of Shamrock and Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle


 

Shamrock, Texas

"Entrance City to Texas" on U.S. 66, seen in this vintage postcard

Shamrock, Texas, "Entrance City to Texas" on U.S. 66

Highlights of Attractions and Things to Do in Shamrock

The Pioneer West Museum in Shamrock, Texas
The Pioneer West Museum in Shamrock, Texas

Pioneer West Museum
Shamrock, Texas

The Pioneer West Museum is housed in the Reynolds Hotel, opened in 1928. Adjacent to the museum is the restored Magnolia gas station, also part of the museum, which also includes the Zeigler House and the "Old Barn".

The Pioneer West Museum in Shamrock, Texas

Visitors to McLean also enjoy their visits to the nearby Water Tower Plaza showcasing the tallest historic water tower in Texas. Located at 204 N. Madden Street. Free admission.

The restored Magnolia service station in Shamrock, Texas
Magnolia gas station in Shamrock, Texas

Tower Plaza & U-Drop Inn
Shamrock, Texas

The U-Drop Inn opened in 1936 to provide lodging for travelers heading west on the Mother Road. Restored in 2004, today the iconic art deco building of green glazed tile and brick serves as a Visitor Information Center and also houses the Chamber of Commerce.

The adjoining Tower Station provided fuel for those early travelers. The restored Inn and Station hosts over 25,000 visitors a year from around the world ... a "must see" when traveling this part of Route 66!

 

Texas Route 66 bench at the U Drop Inn, Shamrock, Texas


The Tower Plaza and U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas
Ramone's House of Body Art in the movie "Cars" has a strong similarity to the U-Drop Inn.

The Tower Plaza and U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas


The Conoco tower against a brilliant blue Texas sky in Shamrock

The Conoco tower against a brilliant blue Texas sky in Shamrock

Sign at the U-Drop Inn
Sign at the U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas
Conoco gas pumps at Tower Plaza
Conoco gas pumps at Tower Plaza in Shamrock, Texas


 

Mural in Shamrock, Texas: Crossroads of America ... Home of the MIdnight Cowboy Bill Mack
Mural in Shamrock, Texas: Crossroads of America ... Home of the MIdnight Cowboy Bill Mack


Vintage Views of Route 66 in Shamrock

What was Route 66 like in its prime in Shamrock? What did all the service stations, motels and diners look like when they were new? What did the traveling public experience on the Mother Road? We wonder such things when we travel Route 66 today.

Those earlier times in the 1930s, 40s and 50s were not always captured on film. But the use of colorful postcards was common in those decades.

We have included below a sampling of our collection of vintage travel postcards showing scenes on Route 66 in Shamrock. These portray the historic road in its prime and help us to visualize "yesterday" as we drive Route 66 today.

The Sun-n-Sand Motel

The Sun-n-Sand Motel, East Highway 66, Shamrock, Texas ... "A Motel of Distinction" ... Phone 321

The Sun-n-Sand Motel, East Highway 66, Shamrock, Texas ... "A Motel of Distinction"

Shamrock Court

The Shamrock Court, Shamrock, Texas

 

Hotels and Lodging Options in Shamrock and The Panhandle

Hotels in Shamrock, Texas

Hotels in Groom, Texas

Hotels in Amarillo, Texas

TripAdvisor

 

Interactive Map of Shamrock

 

More Information about Shamrock

Shamrock Texas EDC website

Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe at the National Park Service

Shamrock Texas Travel Guide at TripAdvisor

 

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Shamrock Texas to Amarillo

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Shamrock to Amarillo, Texas

 

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