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The Restored
1935 Tower Conoco Gas Station
Shamrock, Texas
On Route 66

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Shamrock's restored Tower Conoco station & U-Drop Inn Café
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
The Tower Conoco, a sort of Taj Mahal of Texas gas stations, was built in 1935 when times were hard. Situated at an important intersection of former Route 66 and Highway 83, it would’ve been the first ‘foreign’ station encountered by Oklahomans heading west on their famous exodus from the Dust Bowl.

The station has recently been restored and is now one of the more famous artifacts on old 66 (currently Interstate 40).

Art Deco on the Plains by Clay Coppedge

"...Architect Joe Berry designed it as three buildings in one: the Tower Conoco Station, named for the four-sided obelisk rising from a flat roof and topped by a metal tulip; the U-Drop Inn Café, which a local schoolboy named by winning a naming contest; and a retail store. The café was so popular that the proposed store never materialized, utilized instead to seat more hungry customers.

In its heyday, the U-Drop-Inn was the only restaurant within 100 miles, small, vibrant art deco oasis on Route 66 set against a backdrop of unrelenting realism... " Read full article

Tower Conoco gas station, Shamrock Texas night
Shamrock's restored Tower Conoco station at night
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Tower Conoco Station, Shamrock Texas, Route 66
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Photographer's Note:
"Restored by the city of Shamrock, the magnificent art-deco “Tower” Conoco Station in Shamrock, Texas looks exactly as it did during it’s heyday, complete with the U Drop Inn Café signage at the right side of the photo. Sadly, the old station no longer sells gas or food; it’s now the Chamber of Commerce building for the city of Shamrock." - Noel Kerns, January 2008

See Resurrecting the Ghost of Route 66 - From Shamrock to Amarillo
Restored Conoco gas pumps at the Tower Conoco station, Shamrock Texas
A closer view of the immaculately restored Conoco pumps at the Tower Conoco station.
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Shamrock Texas Conoco Gas Station with Corvettes
A watercolor / lithograph of the Tower Conoco Station by famed watercolorist Dana Forrester.
Shamrock TX - 1936 Conoco Station
Jimmy Dobson Photo
Adventures with my 1972 Plymouth Cuda and
my 67 Ford Mustang Fastback

by Jimmy Dobson
The beautiful Tower Conoco station in Shamrock, Texas was used as the inspiration for “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”.

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