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Art & Inspiration U Drop Inn

Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by J.Ukrop, Apr 26, 2019.

  1. J.Ukrop
    Joined: Nov 10, 2008
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  2. Thanks for the history.
  3. Rolleiflex
    Joined: Oct 25, 2007
    Posts: 992


    That station has always been a stop anytime I'm up that way.
    The first time for me was on my way home to Washington sometime in the late '90s. We drove every stretch of old 66 from Oklahoma to California. I'll have to dig out and scan those pictures.
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  4. Liberal 2015 008.jpg Yep been there a few times on my road trips
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  5. You were right up the road from Bob Owens, did you stop and have a look at his slice of heaven?
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  6. 5window
    Joined: Jan 29, 2005
    Posts: 7,773


    Was there last Fall. They have done a great job with the restoration and the town museum was fun,too.
  7. oldcargary
    Joined: May 6, 2010
    Posts: 209

    from devore, Ca

    Wow, that's when there was design in buildings. Cool place to stop.
  8. 42˚18'N 83˚09'W
    Joined: Jul 29, 2008
    Posts: 150

    42˚18'N 83˚09'W

    Here you go... Love that place. 086.JPG 091.JPG
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  9. noboD
    Joined: Jan 29, 2004
    Posts: 7,382


    Was Elvis still sitting in the corner booth? Had an excellent lunch in town at the only diner just about 1/2 mile from there.
  10. I had to check it out on the Google satellite so I could zoom in and then walk around with the street view deal and see the whole area at eye level. Who knows if I'll ever make the trip so I traveled by internet magic..... for now. I'll bet it was a real oasis in a parched land and a welcome sight for travelers back in those times. I'm thinking those who built it and operated it were pioneers because it was a concept way ahead of its time; a combination of a fuel stop and a travel center. That makes sense due to Rt 66 being as close to an interstate as you could get in the 1930s.

    The same concept is alive and well today (minus the mechanics and service) but has grown all out of proportion to those times. There's a Texas-sized one in my town that has taken gas and snacks up a few notches. I quote Wiki below.........
    "In 2012, Buc-ee's opened its largest travel center in New Braunfels, Texas on Interstate 35. The New Braunfels location is the largest convenience store in the world at 68,000 square feet. The store features 120 fueling positions, 83 toilets, 31 cash registers, 4 Icee machines, and 80 fountain dispensers. It also offers tubing and water gear for enjoying the nearby Guadalupe River."
  11. hudson48
    Joined: Oct 16, 2007
    Posts: 2,670


    Been through Shamrock 3 times and the last one was a year ago on the Hudson Across USA trip. Beautiful buulding and the prime photo shoot spot. Had dinner that night at the steak house across the street.
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  12. sololobo
    Joined: Aug 23, 2006
    Posts: 8,142


    what a spot, really cool at night with all the neon lit up. Nice to see the pix and folks enjoying it.
  13. Haven't been there yet but I stopped at an old, abandoned gas stop somewhere in Colorado in my trusty old 41 Pontiac one day. Nobody within many miles.
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  14. shmoozo
    Joined: Aug 14, 2007
    Posts: 672

    from Media, PA

    I wonder how the food they served was back in the days when this place first opened for business.

    I'm going to assume the food was tasty, satisfying and fairly priced and I don't care one little bit if I am wrong about that.
  15. Jive-Bomber
    Joined: Aug 21, 2001
    Posts: 3,349


    I'm not ashamed to say that the U Drop Inn inspired Ramone's House of Body Art for CARS. How fitting that our resident car customizer made this location his home!
  16. ryno
    Joined: Oct 6, 2005
    Posts: 3,471


    CB028DFF-87D4-44EB-BD4A-9AA257987C76.jpeg Yep been a. Few times, always a stop when heading south to the biggest attraction in Texas, @flat top bobs!

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