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.

Map of approximate Route 66 from Shamrock to Amarillo, Texas
Map of approximate Route 66 from Shamrock to Amarillo, Texas

 

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

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". 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 Pioneer West Museum in Shamrock, Texas

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


The Next Stop: McLean

McLean, Texas ... the Heart of Old Route 66
McLean, Texas ... the Heart of Old Route 66


Phillips 66 Gas Station
McLean, Texas

Vintage Phillips 66 Service Station in McLean, Texas, the location of one of the first gasoline stations in Texas. The early Philliips stations, like the one in McLean, were designed in the "Cottage Look" to blend with local residential neighborhoods. Located at 218 West First Street.

Phillips 66 Gas Station in McLean, Texas

 

 

Phillips 66 service station in McLean Texas
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.

Texas Route 66 Museum in McLean, Texas

 

The Next Stop on Route 66: Groom, Texas

The leaning Britten USA water tower near Groom, Texas
The leaning Britten USA water tower near Groom, Texas


The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Groom, Texas

The Cross of Our Lord Jesus Christ, Groom, Texas


Arriving in Amarillo

Historic 6th Street on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texas
Historic 6th Street on Route 66 in Amarillo, Texa

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!
The famous Big Texan in Amarillo, Texas, home of the 72 oz steak!


Lodging Options Along Route 66 in Texas

Hotels in Shamrock, Texas

Hotels in Groom, Texas

Hotels in Amarillo, Texas

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

 

The Shamrock Court, Shamrock, Texas
The Shamrock Court, Shamrock, Texas

 

The Trail Inn Motel, McLean, Texas
The Trail Inn Motel, McLean, Texas

 

Spanish Courts, 742 N. Fillmore, on U.S. Highway 66 in Amarillo, 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"
Polk Street, Amarillo, Texas, Looking North from Ninth ... "The Best Lighted Main Street in America"

 

Driving West
on the Next Route 66 Segment?

Amarillo to Glenrio

Route 66 Road Trip westbound from Amarillo to Glenrio Texas

 

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