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Friday, October 16, 2009

Shamrock, Texas

We stopped for the night on Thursday at Shamrock, Texas. Shamrock has multiple claims to fame. I'll only mention two.

First, it is a "Route 66" city with a couple of the most interesting landmarks along that road. Day or night, the U-Drop Inn is worth a visit. I prefer the night view:

Then, there's the matter of that water tower.

It's not just any old water tower. It's the tallest riveted water tower in the State of Texas. Now many towns would put the plans for such a tower, the pictures of construction and the like in a stuffy old museum that wouldn't draw much of a crowd. But Shamrock lays it all out in a series of displays at the base of the tower.

If you're a boilermaker or just an admirer of "The Bridge" (CB&I type), this town is a must see.

O, yes. Shamrock also notes that is is the Crossroads of America and has a few other "Route 66" memories to share.

And while you are in town, stop for a meal at Big Vern's Route 66 Steakhouse. The steaks are great, the chicken-fried steak is superb and Vern and his wife are wonderful hosts.

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