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Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe

101 E 12th St, Intersection of US Highway 83 and Historic Route 66, Shamrock, TX 79079-1819
+1 806-256-2501
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Must See Classic Filling Station/Visitor Center

This is an unusual restored filling station with towers and neon lights. It contains a visitor... read more

Reviewed 2 weeks ago
Chuck N
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Marietta, Georgia
via mobile
Eye-popping Restoration

Eye-popping restoration of this old Conoco gas station. Unfortunately for us we passed by just... read more

Reviewed 3 weeks ago
Eva S
,
Phoenix, Arizona
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The historic Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café was built in 1936 to serve travelers along Route 66. Used as a model for Ramone's Body Art in the movies Cars and Cars II, it now serves as the Shamrock Visitor Information Center. Housing many interesting displays, there is also "Cars Corner" for the kids and grown ups alike with numerous photo opportunities. The center has an expanded gift shop and offers free coffee & tea along with free internet and encourages everyone to "sit a spell" and enjoy the ambiance of this historic icon along the "Mother Road".
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  • Very good15%
  • Average1%
  • Poor0%
  • Terrible0%
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“cars movie” (12 reviews)
“gift shop” (34 reviews)
“u drop inn” (34 reviews)
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Hours Today: 9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Suggested Duration: < 1 hour
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101 E 12th St, Intersection of US Highway 83 and Historic Route 66, Shamrock, TX 79079-1819
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+1 806-256-2501
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"gas pumps"
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"chamber of commerce"
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"neon lighting"
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"iconic building"
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"visitor center"
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"old gas station"
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"step back in time"
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Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

This is an unusual restored filling station with towers and neon lights. It contains a visitor center and a restored (but not operational) diner. The volunteers are very friendly and very helpful. This is a must see for those doing Route 66.

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Reviewed 3 weeks ago

Eye-popping restoration of this old Conoco gas station. Unfortunately for us we passed by just after the closing time of 5 p.m. but before it was dark so we did not see the neon exposed. Still, it was interesting just walking around the building. The...More

Thank Eva S
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Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

Very nice, historic stop. Staff was fantastic and eager to tell us all about the place. Old time little cafe is well maintained.

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Reviewed 4 weeks ago

Just a nice stop on the Mother Road. Friendly and interesting....the look of what it must have been like years ago, plus ice cold Route Beer and a great talk with Toni, a very interesting woman. Even sent a postcard (they have stamps) postmarked from...More

Thank susi6282
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Reviewed 5 weeks ago

Such a fun place on Historic Route 66. The old time cafe and the gift shop were both really fun. I would recommend this.

Thank Cheryl H
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Reviewed April 27, 2018 via mobile

Toni greeted us at this Route 66 iconic building. She was charming, engaging and informative. The building has been lovingly restored and is well worth a visit. Unlike the town of Shamrock which was run down and neglected.

Thank TopLoader
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Reviewed April 19, 2018 via mobile

Absolutely beautiful building that has been lovingly restored. Originally a gas station and cafe, now really a museum. No admission charge, extraordinarily friendly and welcome from the staff member on duty and they offer you free tea or coffee! A great experience. You can wander...More

Thank Neil B
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Reviewed April 6, 2018

This is an amazing place. The diner area is a step back in time. The staff were very helpful and took pictures of us. The inside is an Art Deco motif. It is very well done. The outside Conoco design is amazing. From the gas...More

Thank SlowPoke59
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Reviewed March 16, 2018 via mobile

We visited on Monday 3-12-18 while walking the dogs. The lady who was there was very kind and let us bring the dogs in while we looked around the gift store. Enjoyed walking around the gift store and talking with the lady about the place.

Thank lrhollis
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Reviewed February 11, 2018

Do not miss this place!!! It is like stepping back in time to 1938. The gal that was manning the desk when we there was an absolute hoot to visit with. We ended up spending twice as long as we were planning on.

Thank Greg P
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Richard M
October 8, 2017|
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Response from Butterflydays | Reviewed this property |
Sunday is the only day they are closed. Hours on Monday-Saturday is 9 a.m.-5 p.m. (You can still get some beautiful photo's there, and around this little town of Shamrock, Texas). It's right off I-40. It's one cool looking... More
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