Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café, Shamrock: Hours, Address, Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café Reviews: 5/5

Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café

Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Café
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9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 AM
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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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Siobhan L
Belton, TX806 contributions
Who would have known such a wonderful example of art deco was in such a small place? The Udrop Inn has been around since 1936 and served as the inspiration for the animated movies Cars and Cars II. It is now the Visitor Center. Interesting to note that with a population of about 2,000 is the second largest city along what's left of historic Route 66 ( second to Amarillo). Don't miss going down about 3 blocks to see the Magnolia Gas Station from 1929.
Written September 28, 2020
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907blaked
Tampa, FL1,260 contributions
We stopped here for about 20 minutes. Very cool old art deco building/gas station, with a gift shop selling Route 66 memorabilia such as t-shirts, ornaments, and magnets. The U-Drop Inn opened at 11am (just as we were leaving) and sold bottled drinks, beautiful looking desserts, and some other things (but not sure how extensive the food selections are). Clean bathrooms.
Written March 20, 2022
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WednesdayNightGirl
McKinney, TX1,358 contributions
This is a beautiful building. I understand that one of the buildings created for the movie "Cars" is based on this building!

It stands on the iconic Route 66 (the old route!) and fits so beautifully into everything you think about like along Route 66. The art deco building served originally as a gas station and the U-Drop-In diner. Today it houses the local Visitor & Information Bureau, but you can still see the old pumps out front, the studebaker truck in the bay and the booths and counter in the diner. It's meticulously maintained and is a popular spot to stop for photos.

Well worth 15 minutes of your time!
Written May 22, 2021
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Herman02
Phoenix, AZ389 contributions
This is a very cool site to see. From the Route 66 days and before, it is a gas station, bus depot, and cafe all under one roof. You can just hear the voices of the past walking through it. It has a gift shop and you can walk through the small cafe of yester year... look through the windows of the old station. And, if your there at night, they light it up!!
Written November 23, 2020
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moviegal226
Las Vegas, NV4,165 contributions
In October, hubby and I did a pandemic-safe road trip down part of old Route 66 (a love of ours since we were in our 20s). I was so happy to see that one of my favorite iconic 66 landmarks has been renovated and looks amazing! Shamrock has seen much better days (the town is super sad right now), but this Mother Road icon is glorious.

No longer an operating diner or gas station, the U Drop Inn has classic Art Deco architecture that is timeless. It is a must-see attraction and building for any design nerd. I would put this on my top 10 list of the most photogenic buildings in the U.S.A.

Built in 1936, the building was added to the National Register of Historic Places in the late 1990s. It's served as the inspiration for the fictional town of Radiator Springs in Pixar's "Cars." It's free to stop and take photos!

There's a restroom on-site that was thankfully unlocked when we stopped. Really nice that they keep that open for weary road trippers.
Written May 13, 2021
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Tami B
Valparaiso, IN3 contributions
Stop here! You won't regret it! Hazel will tell you all about this place and the town. She also sets you up in scenes around the diner to take your picture! She was the best! Also ELVIS sat in the corner booth here! ELVIS!!! Also if you have little kids they might recognize this place from the CARS movie! We hadn't planned on stopping in Shamrock on our trip but ended up pulling in for the night. I am so glad we did!
Written January 31, 2020
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Hummingbird60
Dunkirk, OH69 contributions
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So cool. The lady at the center was so friendly, and having been a part of the history of the place herself, was able to offer a unique perspective. She was a waitress at the U Drop Inn as a teen. Her mother actually cooked breakfast for Elvis when he was there. How cool is that?! Well worth taking a look at. You won’t regret it.
Written August 29, 2020
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tank1050
Wescosville, PA4,459 contributions
This is a great example of the Art Deco style architecture and the station and café are wonderfully restored. It worth the quick stop. The store is the station. It is easily found, just a short distance off of I40 down US83 on the left. Take the time to talk with the very helpful staff.
Written January 16, 2020
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Rick B
Round Rock, TX1,217 contributions
After a fine dinner at the Calico we decided to drive east on old route 66 through Amarillo and I talked Charlotte into going to Shamrock. We got there after dark and got to see the station in all it's neon glory. what a relic of a by gone time.
Written September 24, 2020
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Jwalker506
Springfield, MO53 contributions
We are HUGE Route 66 fans! Of course we love this place for its historical value, its day and night beauty, and more. When you walk around this masterpiece, think about it and its role in the movie CARS, too. A real work of art!
Written October 1, 2020
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