Getting My Kicks At the U-Drop Inn

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. I had to release the tensions of the city and learn to have fun before the big birthday (and no I won’t say what age) rolled around.

I made a pit stop in Shamrock, Texas to the Tower Conoco and U-Drop Inn that was built in 1936. This beautiful Art Deco styled building with its ceramic tiled walls and neon accent lights make you want to shake the dust off and slide on in. Since my last visit some years ago, the original café is open and it looks great. Although there is no functioning kitchen, they have restored it to its original appearance while offering snacks for purchase and coffee and tea.

The gift shop and tourist information center has expanded, offering many fun items for purchase.

The host that was working that Saturday morning was very kind and presented a lot of information on the café’s history. You can see the booth that Elvis and his entourage sat in during their stop in Shamrock.

On September 18, 1997, the U-Drop Inn was added to the National Register of Historic Places.

Overall: If you have the time, it’s worth making a stop here to check out the old gas pumps and buildings before you continue your journey.

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