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The Restored 1935 Tower Conoco Gas Station
Shamrock, Texas
On Route 66

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Shamrock's restored Tower Conoco station today.
Photo courtesy Terry Jeanson, September 2007
The Tower Conoco, a sort of Taj Mahal of Texas gas stations, was built in 1935 when times were hard. Situated at an important intersection of former Route 66 and Highway 83, it would’ve been the first ‘foreign’ station encountered by Oklahomans heading west on their famous exodus from the Dust Bowl.

The station has recently been restored and is now one of the more famous artifacts on old 66 (currently Interstate 40).
Tower Conoco gas station, Shamrock Texas night
Shamrock's restored Tower Conoco station at night
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Tower Conoco Station, Shamrock Texas, Route 66
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Restored Conoco gas pumps at the Tower Conoco station, Shamrock Texas
A closer view of the immaculately restored Conoco pumps at the Tower Conoco station.
Photo courtesy Noel Kerns, January 2008
Photographer's Note:
"Restored by the city of Shamrock, the magnificent art-deco “Tower” Conoco Station in Shamrock, Texas looks exactly as it did during it’s heyday, complete with the U Drop Inn Café signage at the right side of the photo. Sadly, the old station no longer sells gas or food; it’s now the Chamber of Commerce building for the city of Shamrock." - Noel Kerns, January 2008

See Resurrecting the Ghost of Route 66 - From Shamrock to Amarillo
Shamrock Texas Conoco Gas Station with Corvettes
A watercolor / lithograph of the Tower Conoco Station by famed watercolorist Dana Forrester.
The beautiful Tower Conoco station in Shamrock, Texas was used as the inspiration for “Ramone’s Body Shop” in the Disney/Pixar movie “Cars”.
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