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Our Town Shamrock: The U-Drop Inn

That's right, this historic place was featured in the animated movie "Cars" and now kids get to live out their "Lighting McQueen" dreams.

Take a ride down historic Route 66 and there's a place in the town of Shamrock you just can't miss.

The vibrant venue with a 1920's art-deco design and green-laced brick is sure to evoke a second glance from anyone who drives by. But if you take a second to stop and enter the U-Drop Inn, you'll see the rich history that lies within.

"To the city of Shamrock, to a lot of residents, it's a place they grew up with. Many of them have a lot of history here," said Larry Clonts, Director of the Shamrock Economic Development Corporation.

It's history seen through pictures of ladies posing for the camera, or cool cars parked outside. They're all memories from this international icon that opened in 1936 originally as a body shop and caf.

The once-bustling building was renovated in 2004 and now welcomes guests with a gift shop and a non-operating caf replica that workers like Doris Kirkland still like to use.

"My daughter and her husband used to run the restaurant over in '92," said 19-year employee Kirkland. "It's wonderful, we're proud of it."

Clonts said thousands of people visit the U-Drop Inn by the bus loads, some from all over the world. There's even a map that visitors mark where they travel from.

And nestled in the corner of the gift shop is where the old meets the new. That's right, this historic place was featured in the animated movie "Cars" and now kids get to live out their "Lighting McQueen" dreams.

"It's where the kids go automatically when they come in," said Clonts.

And now those old gas pumps are replaced by recent additions of Tesla electric pumps. Clonts said it's all meant to merge the past, present and future.

"We're the first town that you come to when you're traveling west through Texas. Since we're the first town, we want to make sure everyone gets a big Texas welcome when they come here and that's our goal," said Clonts.

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