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Wheeler County
, Texas Panhandle

I-40 and Hwy 83
16 miles S of Wheeler the county seat
110 miles E of Amarillo
291 miles NW of Dallas
14 miles W of the Oklahoma Line
188 miles W of Oklahoma City
ZIP code 79079
Area code 806
Population: 1,764 Est. (2019)
1,910 (2010) 2,029 (2000) 2,286 (1990)

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Shamrock, Texas Topics:

  • History in a Pecan Shall
  • Shamrock Landmarks / Attractions
  • Shamrock Chronicles
  • Shamrock Landmark - The Tower Conoco Station › next page
  • Resurrecting the Ghosts of Route 66 › next page
  • Shamrock Vintage Postcard

  • Tower Conoco gas station, Shamrock Texas night
    Tower Conoco station in Shamrock
    Inspiration for “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the Pixar movie 'Cars'

    Photo courtesy Noel Kerns , January 2008
    Resurrecting the Ghosts of Route 66
    From Oklahoma City to Amarillo
    by Noel Kerns

    History in a Pecan Shell

    An immigrant shepherd applied for a post office in 1890, requesting the name Shamrock for his post office/ dugout home. Settlement began with the arrival of The Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway in 1902. The town lost the name for a brief period when a new post office was opened, but the railroad had named the stop Shamrock and the old name went back into use. Maybe it was Irish luck.

    The towns of Story and Benonine moved to Shamrock for the railroad link - adding two more casualties to the long list of dissolved towns.

    Shamrock was incorporated in 1911. The population had grown to 2,500 by 1925 and when oil was discovered in 1926, the population nearly doubled by 1930. The Wheeler County Texan, once published at Story, Texas evolved into the Shamrock Texan in 1928.

    A second boom was experienced with the completion of "Route" 66 - but the town was bypassed by the improved Interstate 40.

    Shamrock TX water towere
    Shamrock water tower
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
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    Shamrock, Texas Landmarks / Attractions

  • Shamrock holds a St. Patrick's Day celebration each year.
  • Pioneer West Museum: In the old Reynolds Hotel 204 N. Madden Street
  • A fragment of the famous Irish Blarney Stone is in Elmore Park.

  • Shamrock Texas Conoco Gas Station with Corvettes
    Shamrock, Texas' landmark - The Tower Conoco Station
    - recently restored to its original 1935 condition
    Watercolor by Dana Forrester

    Shamrock TX - 1936 Conoco Station
    The 1936 Conoco Station
    Jimmy Dobson Photo

    Shamrock TX 1936 U Drop Inn
    The 1936 U Drop Inn
    Jimmy Dobson Photo, May 2016

    Shamrock TX - Magnolia Station
    The Magnolia Station
    Jimmy Dobson Photo, May 2016
    Adventures with my 1972 Plymouth Cuda and
    my 67 Ford Mustang Fastback

    by Jimmy Dobson

    Magnolia gas station, Shamrock Texas
    "The other vintage filling station in Shamrock, this beautiful old Magnolia station boasts 3 exquisitely preserved gravity feed gas pumps."
    - Noel Kerns , January 2008 photo
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    Shamrock Tx - Magnolia Station
    Magnolia Station
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

    Shamrock Tx - Painted Wall Mural1
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008
    See Texas Murals

    Shamrock Tx -Restored Law Office
    Photo courtesy Barclay Gibson, December 2008

    Shamrock, Texas Chronicles

    The Great Greyhound Hijacking on Route 66 in 1931 by Mike Cox

    "The bus had left Tulsa on the night of June 6, 1931 bound for El Paso. The last stop had been Erick, Oklahoma where two men boarded with tickets to the Panhandle town of Shamrock, Texas.

    About 2:30 a.m. on June 7, driver W.E. Trammel felt something hard poke him in the back-the barrel of a pistol..." Read full article

    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

    Shamrock Cemetery & The Wild Bunch

    "In the Byler plot in the Shamrock cemetery there's an unmarked grave--at least it was still unmarked the last time I was there. It contains Viana (or Vivian, there seems to be some question about her first name) Byler Carver & her stillborn infant. She was 17 when she died. She was the wife of William R. 'Will' Carver of Wild Bunch/Hole In The Wall Gang fame & the aunt of Laura Bullion, who may have been married to Ben Kilpatrick, also of Wild Bunch fame.

    Carver was shot & killed by the Sutton County Sheriff, a deputy, & 2 constables, & is buried in Sonora in what's called the 'No Name Grave.' That's because the only thing on the gravestone is April 2, 1901. Kilpatrick was killed by Wells, Fargo agent David A. Trousdale in March of 1912, while he was attempting to rob the Galveston, Harrisburg, & San Antonio #9 at Baxter's Curve in Terrell County. He, along with his partner, is buried in Sanderson. Laura Bullion never remarried, supported herself as a seamstress in Memphis, Tennessee, & died in 1961--the last of the Wild Bunch to die."
    - C. F. Eckhardt, June 25, 2010

    Parade in Shamrock, Texas
    A parade in Shamrock
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Shamrock, Texas street scene
    Shamrock street scene in the 1950s
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Another view of Shamrock, Texas
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/

    Shamrick, Texas - Shamrock Court
    Shamrock Court
    Postcard courtesy www.rootsweb.com/ %7Etxpstcrd/
    More Rooms with a Past

    Shamrock, Texas Forum

    Subject: "Caravan Stop"
    ...I've published a new series titled "Caravan Stop" that features the Shamrock, Texas, landmark of the Tower Conoco Station. The station was recently restored to its original 1935 condition and I decided its Route 66 heritage would make a great setting for my painting of all six generations of Corvettes. My wife and I host a number of Corvette caravans and such caravans were the inspiration for "Caravan Stop". Thanks. - Dana Forrester, A.W.S., N.W.S., November 08, 2006

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    Wheeler County | Texas Panhandle

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