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Travel Bug Dog Tag Love Bug-Shamrock Scalloped Wood

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Wednesday, 16 December 2015
Texas, United States
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Please drop this item in rural OR Premium Member Only caches.  Do not place it in an urban cache or abandon it at a caching event.  Transport the bug in the original plastic bag for as long as the bag lasts; the bag keeps the trackable clean and prevents tangling with other items.  Otherwise, take the travel bug anywhere you wish.  No permission is needed to leave the U.S.

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About This Item


This is one of a series of heart-shaped items obtained from different places and converted into travel bugs. They are named either for the places of their origin or for Texas Panhandle-South Plains towns with interesting names or histories.

Shamrock is on IH 40 (formerly US Highway 66) where it intersects with US Hwy 83 in south central Wheeler County.  The name Shamrock was first suggested, for good luck and courage, by Irish immigrant sheep rancher George Nickel, when he applied in 1890 to open a post office at his dugout home six miles north of the present townsite. The name was accepted by federal postal officials, but this post office was never opened, probably because the Nickel home burned that same year.  Another post office was operated nearby for a short while by postmistress Mary R. Jones.  

Shamrock had its official beginning with the arrival of the Chicago, Rock Island and Gulf Railway in the summer of 1902.  In August, town lots were sold at the present townsite, which was then called Wheeler. When Frank Exum, who had recently opened a general store at his dugout-and-frame home, applied for a post office and named it after himself.  The Shamrock post office was closed, but the railroad named the stop Shamrock in 1903, and the Shamrock post office reopened.  By 1925 the population had grown to 2,500. Oil was discovered in the area in 1926, and the population had increased to 3,778 by 1930.

The improvement of U.S. Highway 66 made the main avenue of Shamrock boom with garages, filling stations, restaurants, and tourist courts; many of these later closed or moved out to the bypass after Interstate Highway 40 was completed, but Shamrock continued to prosper.  Since1938, Shamrock has had a St. Patrick's Day celebration on the weekend nearest March 17.  A fragment of the genuine Blarney Stone from Blarney Castle in County Cork, Ireland, is mounted on a pillar in Elmore Park.

A handful of historic art deco styled buildings are still standing in Shamrock with several restored to their former glory.  Most notable is the former U-Drop Inn, a Conoco Filling Station/Restaurant which opened its doors in 1936 to serve the growing needs of those traveling on America's "Mother Road."  Today, it serves as the Visitor Information Center and headquarters for the Shamrock Economic Development Corporation and the Chamber of Commerce (see uploaded photo).

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Discovered It 05/05/2019 Angelorum discovered it   Visit Log

gesehen beim Giga Event "Project Hamburg - Im Wandel der Zeit"

Discovered It 05/04/2019 Katy Gorilla discovered it   Visit Log

...beim GIGA in Hamburg entdeckt...vielen Dank fürs Zeigen!!!

Discovered It 05/04/2019 Nicolix discovered it   Visit Log

Auf dem Giga "Projekt Hamburg - Im Wandel der Zeit" gesehen

Discovered It 05/04/2019 hansrn discovered it   Visit Log

Discovered at GIGA event in Hamburg. Nice to ser you.

Discovered It 05/04/2019 The Waterman discovered it   Visit Log

[DE] Gesehen beim Event "Project Hamburg - Im Wandel der Zeit", danke fürs Zeigen.

[EN] Seen at event "Project Hamburg - Im Wandel der Zeit", thanks for showing.

Discovered It 05/04/2019 markuswenzel discovered it   Visit Log

Beim GIGA in Hamburg gesehen. Danke fürs zeigen und Grüße aus Ulm sagt markuswenzel.

Discovered It 05/04/2019 dogfriend2004 discovered it   Visit Log

Im Rahmen des Giga-Events in Hamburg entdeckt. Vielen Dank für's Zeigen. :)

Discovered It 05/04/2019 Seute_Deern89 discovered it   Visit Log

Heute auf dem Giga-Event in HH entdeckt! Danke für's Zeigen! :-)

Grab It (Not from a Cache) 05/03/2019 Stép grabbed it   Visit Log

Giga Évent d’Hambourg

Visited 05/01/2019 zweilive took it to Johannes-Hospiz Cache Nordrhein-Westfalen, Germany - .2 miles  Visit Log
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