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Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe
Shamrock, TX
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Shamrock TX - When you think about Shamrock, TX you may first think of it being a town located along historic Route 66. Well, another thought is Shamrock is associated with the Tower Station and U- Drop Inn Cafe.


U-Drop Inn Cafe
Shamrock, TX
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Day or night, the iconic gas station and cafe is an art deco delight and always worth a stop when traveling through the Texas Panhandle. Word is celebrities including Elvis Presley stopped here once upon a time.

The historic Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe is a roadside gem along historic Route 66 in Shamrock. The building was built in 1936 in an art deco style by J. M. Tindall and R. C.. Lewis for $23,000..

A view back in 2000
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The deco styling can be seen across the entire building that features a gas station, roadside cafe, and store area.

The Tower Station & U-Drop Inn Cafe in 2019
Shamrock, TX
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The gas station section features Conoco branding which reflects the gas branding from decades back. Pumps are still located on site though they may no longer work. The cafe features an eating area that is also home to a store and gift shop. The name U-Drop Inn came from a naming contest where a local schoolboy submitted this creative that has stuck for decades.

Today, the City of Shamrock operates a visitor and community center out of this location. Also home to the Chamber of Commerce, the building was fully restored back to its nostalgic roots including working neon surrounding the entire building structure. In fact the red and green neon can be seen from quite a distance away.

The U-Drop Inn portion of building in 2021
Off Route 66 in Shamrock, TX
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The area around is modernized and in fact there are multiple Tesla charging stations right next to the building.


The eatery inside
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The diner itself recently reopened after having been closed for more than 25 years. Last seen serving food in 1995, the U-Drop Inn Cafe is run by long-time resident Osbaldo De Leon and serves sandwiches, ice cream and pie amongst other yummy items. If you happen to be traveling through Shamrock, it is worth a stop to pull off the Interstate and roll into the Tower Gas Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe. Especially to grab a bite and some ice cream and give some business to a Route 66 landmark. 09-21



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See more photos at Roadside Peek's Roadside Cafes Texas, Neon Eateries Texas, and Petrol Pumps Texas.


More information:

Myhighplains.com: U-Drop Inn Café back open after being closed for over 25 years

NPS.gov: Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

Route 66 News: U-Drop Inn in Shamrock will reopen its restaurant for the first time in decades

RoadsideAmerica.com: Shamrock, Texas: Tower Service Station and U-Drop Inn


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