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.A visit to Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Shamrock trip itinerary maker website to plot your vacation.
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Any one that knows me, knows that I love taking the side roads, the unexplored paths or memory lanes of America. For my birthday, I returned to the highways of Route 66 in the direction of New Mexico.... more »
Glad we made the trip to see this place. Hazel was our host, and she was great. She was able to tell us all the history of the building and the town. Nice gift shop full of items relating to the U-Dro... more »
This is a great place to see what an old gas station looks like. You can drop off the freeway and look around. Even if they are closed, you can look through the window. There is also 6 Tesla Charging ... more »
A wonderful bit of restored Historic Route 66 Architecture. The diner has been meticulously and lovingly staged and maintained. I felt like I was transported back in time. For you Elvis fans...he dined here and his booth is preserved and a photo and bit of information mark the spot.
Our visit at U Drop Inn was wonderful! So many historical and fun displays. Very friendly and informative staff. It is definately worth visiting!
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.
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