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U-Drop Inn and Tower Station on US Route 66

Shamrock is a town in the Texas Panhandle.

Get in[edit]

Shamrock is on Interstate 40 about 20 miles east of McLean and 85 miles east of Amarillo. Route 83 also connects it with Wellington and Childress to the south, and Wheeler and Canadian to the north.

Get around[edit]

As in other towns in the area, you'll want to have a car.


  • Pioneer West Museum, 204 N Madden St, +1 806 256-3941. M-F 10AM-noon & 1PM-3PM.
  • Texas Theater, 217 N Main St, +1 806 256-1212. Vintage downtown theater
  • U-Drop Inn and Tower Station, 12th St. at Main, +1 806 256-2501. A 1936 art deco café and filling station which served Route 66. Closed in the 1990s, it was restored to its former glory in 2004 as a local visitor center; fountain drinks, coffee and floats returned in 2014 after many years with no food or beverage service. Photographed by many, this iconic building appears as "Ramone's" in Radiator Springs in 2006 Pixar film Cars.



Shamrock has a number of craft and antique stores.


  • Cicero's Green Frog Pizza, 911 N Main St, +1 806 256-3764. Better than average pizza.
  • Hasty's Hamburgers, 203 E 18th St, +1 806 256-3061. Fast-foodish burgers.
  • Irish Inn Restaurant (Off highway 83 north of town), +1 806 256-2332.
  • El Sombrero, 210 S Main St, +1 806 256-2091. Decent Tex-Mex with a daily $5 lunch buffet.



Go next[edit]

  • Black Kettle National Grassland, north on highway 83 about 55 miles (Take highway 60 from Canadian and look for the turnoff about 10 miles out). Part of Cibola National Forest. While most of this park is in Oklahoma, this separate 576-acre park includes Lake Marvin, providing a beautiful relaxation spot for any Panhandle traveller who misses seeing lots of trees.
Routes through Shamrock
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LiberalWheeler  N US 83.svg S  WellingtonAbilene
AmarilloMcLean  W US 66 (historic).svg E  TexolaOklahoma City

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