Road Trip on Route 66 from Shamrock, Texas to Amarillo
The Mother Road crossed the Texas state line at Texola, OK, near Shamrock, and traveled through McLean and Groom on its way to Amarillo. From there it continued west to Glenrio. The Route through Texas totaled 186 miles, and closely followed today's Interstate I-40.
Cruising Route 66 in the Texas Panhandle ... First Stop: Shamrock
Shamrock, Texas, "Entrance City to Texas" on U.S. 66, seen in this vintage postcard
The Pioneer West Museum in Shamrock, Texas
Pioneer West Museum
The restored Magnolia service station in Shamrock, Texas
Tower Plaza & U-Drop Inn
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 Conoco tower against a brilliant blue Texas sky in Shamrock
|Sign at the U-Drop Inn
||Conoco gas pumps at Tower Plaza
The Next Stop: McLean
McLean, Texas ... the Heart of Old Route 66
Phillips 66 Gas Station
Phillips 66 service station in McLean Texas
Texas Route 66 Museum and Devil's Rope Museum
The Texas Route 66 Museum is located in McLean, Texas, in the same building that houses the Devil's Rope Museum. The museum includes hundreds of original Mother Road memorabilia, road signs, a recreated Route 66 cafe, and the original large steer from Amarillo's Big Texan Steak Ranch. And be sure to explore the history of barbed wire, i.e. "Devil's Rope"! Located at 100 Kingsley Street in McLean.
The Next Stop on Route 66: Groom, Texas
The leaning Britten USA water tower near Groom, Texas
The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Groom, Texas
Arriving in Amarillo
Historic 6th Street on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas
In 1960 Bob Lee opened the famous Big Texan Steak Ranch on Route 66 in Amarillo. The Big Texan moved to the east side of Amarillo on I-40 in the 1970s. Shown below is The "Big Texan" as it appears today ... home of the free 72 oz steak!
Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Texas
Vintage Views of Route 66 Across the Texas Panhandle
What was Route 66 like in its prime, driving fromTexola on the Oklahoma-Texas stateline westbound thru Shamrock, McLean, Groom and into Amarillo? 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 from across the Texas Panhandle to Amarillo. 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, East Highway 66, Shamrock, Texas ... "A Motel of Distinction"
The Shamrock Court, Shamrock, Texas
The Trail Inn Motel, McLean, Texas
Spanish Courts, 742 N. Fillmore, on U.S. Highway 66 in Amarillo, Texas
Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas, Looking North from Ninth ... "The Best Lighted Main Street in America"