Shamrock Court in Sullivan, Missouri, along Historic U.S. Route 66

Shamrock Court on Route 66 in Sullivan, Missouri

Route 66 across Missouri stretched 317 miles and connected a variety of large cities and small towns, traversing rolling hills and valleys. We've driven much of Route 66, including multiple segments across Missouri and stops in Sullivan, about 70 miles west of St. Louis.

The City of Sullivan straddles the border of Franklin and Crawford counties in Missouri. It has a population of about 7,000 residents. The Meramec River flows through Meramec State Park just to the east of the city. It is located along Interstate I-44 and Historic U.S. Route 66.

The Shamrock Court in Sullivan

The Shamrock Court in Sullivan was built in 1947-1948, and was owned and operated by one family for much of its 73 years on Route 66. With very few alterations, the motel retains most of its original design and appearance, including native stone construction known as the “giraffe rock” style. The original "U-shaped" configuration included 10 guest rooms, a check-in area, a dining room with a fireplace for guests, and an owner/manager apartment with a kitchen, bath and bedroom.

During its construction, stonemason artisans incorporated sunbursts, flowers and diamond patterns into the stone design, which added a unique, whimsical touch still present today. With its high pitch dormers, shingled roofs, native stone facades, and distinctive horseshoe-shaped configuration, the motel retains a very high degree of historic integrity.

After the passing of its owners, the property became vacant and underwent significant deterioration. With demolition on the horizon, a new owner stepped in to rescue and stabilize the buildings, with plans to bring the Shamrock Court back to life as a functioning motel.

The new owner is Rich Dinkela, who is the president of the Route 66 Association of Missouri. Also known as "Roamin’ Rich", he has been a strong advocate and publicist for any and all things about the community of Route 66 and other old US highways. Read more about Rich at

It was listed on the National Register of Historic Places on March 28, 2022. Grant funds will assist stabilizing the building through restoration of the subfloors, dormers, roof, gutters, HVAC system, electrical system, and plumbing system. On March 19, 2022, the Shamrock's neon sign was relit for the first time in years after restoration (see photo below).

Restoration continues at this historic property ... read more about the current status of the project, and make a donation, at ...
Shamrock Court website and Saving the Shamrock Court on Facebook

Present-day neon sign at the Shamrock Court
Sign at the Shamrock Court in Sullivan, Missouri on Historic US Route 66
Vintage postcards of the Shamrock Court
Vintage postcard of the Shamrock Court in Sullivan, Missouri Vintage postcard of the Shamrock Court on U.S. Route 66 in Sullivan, Missouri


Interactive Map of Sullivan showing the location of the Shamrock Court


More Information & Resources about Sullivan

City of Sullivan

Sullivan Area Chamber of Commerce

Visit Missouri: Route 66

Route 66 Association of Missouri

Route 66 State Park in Missouri

Sullivan Missouri Travel Guide and list of things to do at TripAdvisor



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