Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

Shamrock, Texas

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The Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas was built in 1936. Located along Route 66, the art deco gas station and restaurant is sometimes referred to as “the Taj Mahal of Texas.” And it is easy to see why.

The historic structure is made from concrete, stucco, glazed brick, and terra-cotta tiles. Although it was built during the Great Depression, the design was all opulence. Green and gold terracotta tiles decorate the facade and canopies flank the sides. At the centerpiece of the building is a tall, 100-foot obelisk. On the tower big letters spell out “CONOCO” and a large metal tulip tops it off.

The design was based on an idea from John Nunn who owned the prime land that sat at the corner of U.S. Route 66 and Highway 83. Lore says that he designed it based on a nail he stuck in the ground. The design was then brought to life by architect Joseph Berry and built by J. M. Tindall and R. C. Lewis.

Originally the building housed two businesses: a Conoco gas station and a diner named “U-Drop Inn,” which was named by an 8-year-old boy who won a contest. A third area was originally supposed to serve as a retail store but ended up getting absorbed into the cafe.

Over the years the businesses and owners turned over a few times. By 1997, long after the Mother Road was decommissioned, the Route 66 icon had fallen into disrepair and was repossessed by a bank. But, the same year, it was also added to the National Register of Historic Places. The First National Bank of Shamrock purchased the property and gave it to the city. Restoration work began and, in 2003, it was back to its former glory.

Now the Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café is once again a must see Route 66 attraction. It was even fictionalized as “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the 2006 Pixar movie, Cars.

While the vintage gas pumps remain, don’t expect to fill up your tank here. Long from serving as a functional service station, the location now serves as a museum, a visitor center, and an office for the chamber of commerce.

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Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

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Address:
111 U.S. Rt. 66, Shamrock, TX 79079

Hours:
7am-2pm (Monday-Wednesday)
7am-5pm (Thursday-Friday)
Closed (Saturday-Sunday)
Building Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free to See (Menu Items Vary)

Phone Number:
(806) 256-2501

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Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to the Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Stop by after dark to see the neon lights lit up!
  • While the pumps at this vintage service station run dry, there are Tesla superchargers installed on the site to “fuel” your modern vehicle.
  • Parking spaces are available at the back of the building.

Where to Stay Near the Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Shamrock, Texas.

Shamrock Country Inn

The Shamrock Country Inn is a classic roadside motel in a classic Route 66 town. The hotel opened in September 1959 as the Shamrock Ranger Motel. Rooms surround a U-shaped courtyard with plenty of free parking and offer few frills but comfy beds, Wi-Fi, TVs, private bathrooms, coffee machines, and a 24-hour front desk. Before hitting the road stop by the breakfast room for a complimentary breakfast and be sure to get a Texas-shaped waffle.

Western Motel

The Western Motel is located on Route 66, directly across from the Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café, one of the most popular roadside attraction in Shamrock, Texas. With a convenient location, spacious rooms, and a 24-hour front desk, you can’t go wrong with this classic motel. They even have pet-friendly rooms for your furry travel companions.

Blarney Inn

Formerly the 1950s Rambler Motel, the Blarney Inn promises a “a wee bit of Ireland here in Shamrock.” The Shamrock motel provides air-conditioned rooms, a 24-hour front desk, free WiFi, and family rooms.

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1 Review of Conoco Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café in Shamrock, Texas

  1. Definitely one of the best attractions on Route 66 with a rich history and gorgeous architecture! See this attraction lit up at night for the full experience!

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