Centrally located on I-40 and Historic Route 66 , we have access to both modern comforts and historic architecture from an era not long forgotten along Route 66 with the U-Drop Inn and the Magnolia Station at the Pioneer West Museum.
Shamrock is proud to be the first Texas Route 66 city upon approaching from the east. Unlike many Rt 66 towns, Shamrock is a small and bustling hub for our region with many new stores and businesses being built every year. A handful of historic art deco styled buildings are still standing in Shamrock with several restored to their former glory. Most notably, the U-Drop Inn which opened its doors in 1936 to serve the growing needs of those traveling on America's "Mother Road".
Today, it serves as the Visitor Information Center and headquarters for the Shamrock Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce. Make the U Drop Inn your first stop when visiting us. With over 10,000 visitors each year from over 70 countries outside the USA, the U Drop Inn is a "must see" while traveling the "Mother Road".
Pioneer West Museum
204 N Madden St, Shamrock, TX 79079
The Pioneer West Museum is housed in the old Reynolds Hotel that was built in 1925 and finished in 1928 by an attorney, Marion Reynolds. It was open approximately 50 years and housed many a weary traveler.
The museum has approximately 25 rooms and is filled with interesting items from the area's past.
"The museum focuses on the culture of the Great Plains Indians and even the National Aeronautics and Space Administration Apollo XII Moon mission in which Alan Bean, a native of Wheeler, was an astronaut. There are cowboy exhibits, pioneer weapons, a look at the nearby former United States Army base Fort Elliot as well as farm and ranch artifacts. On display are doctor and dentist offices, a general store, pioneer kitchen, schoolroom, and elegant parlor."
Water Tower Plaza
The Shamrock water tower has long been a part of the history of Shamrock and Wheeler County, and with its new designation as a Recorded Texas Historical Landmark, it will now become a part of Texas recorded history. Click Here for directions to this antique monument.
Soon after the incorporation of Shamrock in 1911, city leaders identified the need for a water works system. On July 4, 1912, a motion was carried for Howard Trigg to draw plans and specifications for a water works system to include a reservoir on Railroad Avenue, 40 feet west of Main Street where the Shamrock water tower stands today. Until this time, water was gathered at two wells — the North Main well or the westside well — or hauled to town in barrels by wagons.
A November 1, 1912, election authorized the sale of $15,000 in bonds for a waterworks system, and the process to bring water to Shamrock began. On September 20, 1915, city leaders accepted the bid of the Chicago Bridge and Iron Company to complete the tank and tower with a foundation.
The all-steel structure would consist of a round tank with a hemispherical bottom supported by four latticed channel columns held together with metal tie rods. The hemispherical bottom design was a technical innovation that Chicago Bridge and Iron first used in 1894.
Calling for a 75,000-gallon tank capacity, specifications sent to the state for approval in November 1915 indicate that the height from the foundation to the extreme bottom of the tank would be 140 feet, and the high water mark was not to exceed 165 feet. The tower was engineered to withstand wind pressure of 30 pounds per square foot, which was over one-half diametral plane of the tank, and 200 pounds per vertical foot of tower. This created a structure strong enough to hold the weight of the tank, combined with the weight of the water in the tank, and the force of the Panhandle winds upon these loads. Built at a cost of $6,560 in 1915, the water tower is still believed to be the tallest structure of its class in the state.
According to a representative of Chicago Bridge and Iron Inc., the Shamrock tower remains the tallest tank of its class constructed by their company to date, and estimates the tower's height at 172-176 feet. After five years of working on this project, two local residents, Mickey and Pam Mitchell, were instrumental in the Shamrock water tower being named as a Texas Recorded Historical Landmark. This is the highest honor given to a structure in the State of Texas. With the help of community volunteers donating time, work skills, supplies and money, Water Tower Plaza was dedicated March 13, 2009, during the 2009 St. Patrick's Day festivities.
For decades now, the citizens of Shamrock and the surrounding area have enjoyed going to moves at the Texas Theater . Today, the theater still serves the community with first-run movies utilizing a new digital 3D projection system and Dolby surround sound, all in the comfort of newly installed stadium seating.
At one time, there were 41 movie theatres named “ Texas Theatre ” in Texas. Currently, the Texas Theater in Shamrock is the last remaining Texas Theater where motion pictures of the stars and stories we love still flash across the silver screen every week. The Texas Theater in Shamrock held their grand opening of the new $30,000 building in late August 1930. Behind the beautiful silver screen, an old stage is hidden with a basement and to this day, the basement is covered in many signatures left by actors in the dressing room.
Do you remember the events that happened at the Texas Theater when it was first in operation? Please email firstname.lastname@example.org to tell us your stories!
Texas Theater is operated by David and Georgann Rion and they love serving the community by providing a new movie every weekend!
SHOWTIMES : Friday: 8pm
900 S. Wall Street
Golf Course Hours: 8:30am - 30 min prior to Dark
The private Shamrock Country Club offers a 9 hole golf course with chipping and putting greens, driving range and water on the fairways.
Any overnight stay in one of Shamrock's many Inns and Suites grants travelers a Free Golf Card that provides a free round of golf at the Shamrock Country Club. Just ask the Front Desk for your card! Be sure to thank your Innkeepers, because this is provided by the City of Shamrock and your lodging establishment!
Shamrock's St. Patrick's Day celebration was the idea of Glenn Truax, a Shamrock bandmaster.
He envisioned the town of Shamrock capitalizing on its Irish name and producing an annual one-day celebration to draw thousands of visitors to the Irish City.
With the help of the Shamrock Boosters Club, the first St. Patrick's Day Festival was reeled off in successful fashion in 1938. The initial production attracted a few thousand people and 12 bands. The extravaganza continued to grow until World War II cancelled the annual celebration from 1941 until 1950.
The event was revived in 1950, when the American Legion and the Junior Chamber of Commerce co-sponsored the celebration. Then, the following year, the festival was cancelled due to the Korean conflict. In 1952, the Shamrock Chamber of Commerce took over the task and reactivated the event, which has since been held annually.
Most recently, on March 14 th , 2013 – the 83rd Texas House Legislature passed HCR83 , designating the Shamrock St. Patrick's Day Celebration as the official St. Patrick's Day Celebration for the State of Texas. Drew Springer, District 68 Representative, seen left, with the help of his daughter Katherine, pass this bill through the House of Representatives.
Shamrock has a budding night life with more restaurants than ever serving your favorite cocktails, beer and wine.
Shamrock is pleased to be able to offer our locals, newcomers and tourists a wider range of nighttime activities during their stay.
Big Vern's Steakhouse and Saloon
200 E 12th on Route 66
Sun-Fri 11:30 am - 10 pm
Saturday 5 pm - 10 pm
BYOB Welcome - No Service Charge
1 Mi N of I-40 & 83
6511 US Hwy 83
Tues-Sat 5 pm to 9 pm
Silver Creek Sports Bar
In the MOTEL DISTRICT on I-40 & 83
Mon-Fri 4 pm - Midnight
Sat 4 pm - 1 am
Sun 12 noon - 11 pm
Under the Neon (Thursday Night)
Every Thursday in June, tourists and locals alike gather under the neon at the historic U-Drop Inn for great entertainment. A variety of local and regional artists perform live music in the evenings. Everyone is welcome to attend these FREE events. These concerts are a BIG hit, so if you're in Shamrock on a Thursday night during the summer, don't miss THURSDAY UNDER THE NEON!