Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café
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The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café is located at 101 East
12th St. at the intersection of US Highway 83 and Historic Route
66 in Shamrock, TX about six blocks north of Shamrock’s downtown
commercial district. Today, the building houses the Shamrock
Chamber of Commerce, which can be reached by telephone at
806-256-2501 or through its website. Visitors are welcome.
The Tower Station and U-Drop Inn
Café is located along historic Route 66 in Shamrock. Built in
1936 by J. M. Tindall and R. C. Lewis at the cost of $23,000,
this gem of a building got its start in the dust when John Nunn
drew his idea for the station on the ground with an old nail.
Plans were later given to architect Joseph Berry who set the
final wheels in motion. With its Art Deco detailing and two
towers, the building was designed and constructed to be three
The first was the Tower Conoco
Station, named for the dominating four-sided obelisk rising from
the flat roof and topped by a metal tulip. The second was
the U-Drop Inn Café, which got its name from a local schoolboy's
winning entry in a naming contest. The third structure was
supposed to be a retail store that instead became an overflow
seating area for the café. The Tower Station was the first
commercial business located on the newly designated Route 66 in
Shamrock, and is one of the most imposing and architecturally
creative buildings along the length of the road.
about the late 1970s, the Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was
light brick with green glazed tiles. Now refurbished with light
pink concrete highlighted by green paint, it still looks much
the same as it did during the heyday of the Mother Road. The
towering spire above the service station still spells out
C-O-N-O-C-O, a reminder of the booming business that the Tower
Station and U-Drop Inn Café once saw.
Today, the City of
Shamrock owns the building, which it has fully restored using a
Federal Transportation Enhancements Grant and local fundraising.
Visitors are welcome to the station, which is now operating as a
visitor center, chamber of commerce office, and community