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Tower Station and U-Drop Inn Cafe

Open today: 09:00 - 05:00
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A must stop if your are passing thru

As part of our trip from NY to LA, we got off Interstate 40 to visit this site. It is fine piece... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Capital District, NY
Excellent restored example of a 1930's diner/service station. A must see at night when the "neon" is lit up!

The lady who was attending the museum the day we were there was an absolute jewel. She offered us... read more

Reviewed 1 week ago
Farmington, New Mexico
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“cars movie”(12 reviews)
“gift shop”(32 reviews)
“u drop inn”(35 reviews)
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...more
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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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Reviewed 1 week ago

As part of our trip from NY to LA, we got off Interstate 40 to visit this site. It is fine piece of Art Deco architecture and if you saw Cars, you'll recognize it instantly. My son and I took some pictures and video then...More

Thank mrnugget
Reviewed 1 week ago

The lady who was attending the museum the day we were there was an absolute jewel. She offered us coffee right off the bat, and offered to take our picture in the restored diner/museum. She gave us a excellent insights into the history of the...More

1  Thank TheNickels
Reviewed 2 weeks ago via mobile

We stopped here and loved the architecture as well as the interior. Lovely Hazel, a born-and-raised-local told us a lot about the station and the café’s history and the celebrities that used to have breakfast here. She even offered us free coffee!! Definitely stop at...More

1  Thank Vezip
Reviewed 2 weeks ago

Interesting stopover just inside Texas with vistor information and restored gas pumps. Lots to see in this well known Rt.66 photo stop.

Thank SantaRon
Reviewed 3 weeks ago

It was so neat and a lot of fun to see this old station and café. Lit up very pretty at night. We will absolutely stop again when we are through this area. Would like to take my grandkids as they love the cars movie.

Thank Voyage236958
Reviewed 3 weeks ago via mobile

There are two festivals a year: July 50s festival, and the biggest St. Patrick’s day in Texas. This is a sleepy town but very

Thank Holly K
Reviewed 3 August 2018

Traveling through Shamrock, I had to stop at the iconic U-Drop Inn on Old Route 66. This is one of the best known places on the Mother Road and a must see for any fan of America's Main Street. Located in Downtown Shamrock the historic...More

1  Thank SneakinDeacon
Reviewed 30 July 2018

I thought this was cool until I found it was some political xxs spending our money. They have a1950 era gas station set up just like it was back in the day.its cute totally without merrit for over a million dollars.

1  Thank buddybrue
Reviewed 21 July 2018

This town and service station is truly a step back in time to the 50's on Route 66. Old service station is now a museum for a quick stop over. Whole town looks like it is just out of the 50's. I recommend this as...More

Thank Janice S
Reviewed 9 July 2018

A wonderful, informative stop along Route 66 in Texas. This is a restored filling station that's been converted into a museum and gift shop. The cafe has been restored but is not working, just for display only. The displays though are informative and fun and...More

Thank Jenn S
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Richard M
8 October 2017|
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