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About U-drop-inn Cafe, Shamrock

The U-Drop Inn, also known as Tower Station and U-Drop Inn and Tower Café, was built in 1936 in Shamrock, Texas along the historic Route 66 highway. Inspired by the image of a nail stuck in soil, the building was designed by J. C. Berry. An unusual example of art deco architecture applied to a gas station and restaurant, the building features two flared towers with geometric detailing, curvilinear massing, glazed ceramic tile walls, and neon light accents. It has traditionally held two separate business: "Tower Station", a gas station on the western side, and the "U-Drop Inn", a café on the eastern side. Though it has passed hands several times in its history, the building has consistently housed the same types of businesses it was originally constructed for. Once considered a beautiful and impressive example of Route 66 architecture in Texas, the U-Drop Inn fell into disrepair with the decommissioning of Route 66. It closed for business in the late 1990s. After it was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in September 1997, the building was purchased by the First National Bank of Shamrock, which then gave it to the city. Primarily funded by a US$1.7 million federal grant, the city hired a firm specializing in historical renovation to restore the building to its original glory and adapt it into a museum, visitors' center, gift shop, and the city's chamber of commerce. In 2006 animated film Cars, the cartoon village of Radiator Springs was based on multiple real U.S. Route 66 landmarks from Peach Springs to Baxter Springs; the U-Drop Inn's distinctive architecture appears as Ramone's automotive body and paint shop. On St. Patrick's Day 2014, a Tesla high power electric vehicle charging station, known commonly as a supercharger, was opened on site.

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Address: 1242 N Main St, Shamrock, TX 79079, USA

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  • Very cool stop along RT 66. Staff welcomes you at the door, and offers information about the place and area. Free coffee and clean restrooms. Best priced rt 66 memorabilia in the area!

  • We stopped to take a quick look at the old historical Conoco station as part of our trip down Route 66. Once inside, we were swept up by awesome people- the mayor and an amazing lady who took her time to take a pic of us and tell us her personal Bonnie and Clyde stories. Such warm hospitality. Definitely one of our most memorable stops on Route 66. Thank you guys!

  • Love the Art Deco building, the very helpful staff, and the free coffee! You can have amazingly fun photos taken in their redone diner area. It really is worth the stop.

  • Remodel Historical place along route 66. Old gas station (closed), visitors center , souvenirs shop, small cafe. Inspiration the movies * CARS*

  • A must stop on your trip down Route 66 or I-40. Hazel is a wonderful woman who was wonderfully hospitable and had many amazing stories to tell of the old building and surrounding towns.

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