Historic Route 66
Shamrock is proud to be the first Route 66 city in Texas upon approach from the east. Unlike many Route 66 towns, Shamrock is a small yet bustling regional hub with many new stores and businesses being built every year. A handful of historic, art deco-styled buildings still stand, with several having been restored to their former glory; most notably, the U-Drop Inn, which opened its doors in 1936 to serve the growing needs of those traveling on America's "Mother Road."
Today, the building serves as the Visitor Information Center and offices for the Shamrock Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. With over 10,000 visitors annually, hailing from over 70 countries outside the United States, the U-Drop Inn is a "must see" while traveling this historic route.
While you are here, don't miss the beautiful Pioneer West Museum complex featuring the restored Magnolia Station, the Zeigler House, and the "Old Barn." In addition, the Water Tower Plaza offers a glimpse back in time since its construction in the early 1900s. This tower remains the tallest historic water tower in Texas, and still functions as it overlooks the community.
Special thanks to The County-Star News and various local, Shamrock families for the photos featured here.