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Discussion in 'The Hokey Ass Message Board' started by J.Ukrop, Apr 26, 2019.
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U Drop Inn
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Thanks for the history.
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.
Yep been there a few times on my road trips
You were right up the road from Bob Owens, did you stop and have a look at his slice of heaven?
Was there last Fall. They have done a great job with the restoration and the town museum was fun,too.
Wow, that's when there was design in buildings. Cool place to stop.
Here you go... Love that place.
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.
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."
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.
what a spot, really cool at night with all the neon lit up. Nice to see the pix and folks enjoying it.
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.
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.
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!
Yep been a. Few times, always a stop when heading south to the biggest attraction in Texas, @flat top bobs!
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