Shamrock, Texas: Tower Service Station and U-Drop Inn Team Field Report

102 E. 12th St., Shamrock, TX
I-40 exit 163, then south on US 83 for four blocks. On the left, at the corner of US 83/Main St. and 12th St./Old Route 66.
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Conoco building.

Tower Service Station and U-Drop Inn
Art Deco gas station and cafe from 1936 has been preserved as a tourism office. "The Taj Mahal of Texas." Report... [08/05/2019]

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Conoco Tower Tesla Station

The Conoco Tower is in great shape -- but I really was surprised by the multiple Tesla charging stations around back.

[Rick Kincaid, 06/18/2017]

Conoco building.

Conoco Tower - Route 66 Art Deco

Very slick building. There's an identical one in the Pixar movie Cars (Ramones).

[Jesse, 05/26/2014]

Conoco gas station.

Conoco Tower - Route 66 Art Deco

This is an icon, and one of the neatest buildings! We have seen it twice on our travels and I was equally impressed both times.

[Carol, 09/23/2012]

Conoco Tower.

Conoco Tower - Route 66 Art Deco

An ornate gas station/cafe from the 1930s has been preserved on the north side of Shamrock, along old Route 66. The Conoco Tower is an art deco landmark, sort of a church for Route 66 worshipers, with its spire topped by a bizarre abstract diety.

The original structure, completed in 1936, was made to accommodate three business, including a roadside restaurant called the U-Drop Inn Cafe. The building suffered through wear and inevitable modifications as other businesses used it, and closed for good in the 1990s.

Now the Conoco Tower is back! Restored with a federal transportation grant, the building is used by the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce as a tourist office (our photo is from a 1999 visit, before the work was complete).

[ Team, 02/05/2008]

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