Fire destroys community center in Shamrock

A fire early Wednesday destroyed the Shamrock Community Center in Shamrock, Texas, a site of a major Route 66 festival in 2018 and a venue for several events at next month's St. Patrick's Day Celebration. Shamrock's mayor lamented the loss of the historic building but vowed to "work through it" for the St. Patrick's event. … Continue reading Fire destroys community center in Shamrock

Hot rodder Ken Block shows his driving skills in Shamrock

This is from the "Don't try this unless you're a pro" chapter. Ken Block of Hoonigan Racing recently showed his driving and burn-out skills on the streets of Shamrock, Texas, including Route 66. It's hair-raising to see how close he comes to slamming into the supports of those old gas stations in town. KAMR-TV in … Continue reading Hot rodder Ken Block shows his driving skills in Shamrock

More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

Anthony Reichardt recently uploaded more videos from Route 66 trips he undertook in a 1959 Cadillac during the early to mid-1990s. The videos contain plenty of historic value because it documents landmarks that have disappeared or changed. Reichardt's dedicated YouTube channel now contains more than 30 videos, and they're still coming. Watching them are worth your time, … Continue reading More vintage Route 66 videos from Anthony Reichardt

A closer look at the U-Drop Inn

The ABC-TV affiliate in Amarillo gave two minutes of air time about the historic U-Drop Inn in Shamrock, Texas. The Route 66 landmark, lovingly restored in 2004, serves as an office for the town's chamber of commerce and as a welcome center for tourists. https://youtu.be/GDuoWrVecTU One thing I didn't know was the U-Drop Inn is … Continue reading A closer look at the U-Drop Inn

More about the U-Drop Inn’s upcoming changes

A few weeks ago, we reported on some upcoming changes with the historic U-Drop Inn gas station and restaurant in Shamrock, Texas, plus more that were hinted. KFDA-TV in Amarillo filed a follow-up story. If the video doesn't embed properly just hit the link. KFDA - NewsChannel 10 / Amarillo News, Weather, Sports City officials … Continue reading More about the U-Drop Inn’s upcoming changes

Enhancements coming to U-Drop Inn

The historic U-Drop Inn gas station in Shamrock, Texas, will undergo some improvements before tourism season begins, according to a post Monday on its Facebook page. First, the gift shop has moved to the main area next to the café. This unites the two areas and gives us more room to expand, especially in the "Made … Continue reading Enhancements coming to U-Drop Inn

U-Drop Inn neon lights are back on — in LED

The Facebook account of the historic U-Drop Inn gas station in Shamrock, Texas, recently announced the long-awaited installation of LED neon has been completed and the lights are on. According to the page, the neon will be on from 6 p.m. to 1 a.m. nightly, although I'm certain the "lights on" time will be adjusted … Continue reading U-Drop Inn neon lights are back on — in LED

U-Drop Inn will swap out neon lighting for LEDs

The historic U-Drop Inn gas station in Shamrock, Texas, soon will replace its neon lighting with durable LED tubing after a hailstorm destroyed most of the neon in May. The change -- if successful -- might signal the eventual replacement of notoriously fragile neon with LEDs on scores of historic signs on Route 66. After … Continue reading U-Drop Inn will swap out neon lighting for LEDs