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14 bizarre gas stations worth a pit stop

By: Laura Moss on July 20, 2011, 1:36 p.m.
Tower Station in Texas

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Tower Station and U-Drop Inn

This gas station in Shamrock, Texas, was built in 1936 along Route 66, and it held two businesses: the U-Drop Inn café and the Tower Station gas station. This art deco building was designed by J.C. Berry, who was inspired by the image of a nail sticking out the dirt. The gas station fell into disrepair when Route 66 was decommissioned, and its businesses closed in the late 1990s. In 1997, the building was gifted to the city, which renovated the U-Drop Inn and made it Shamrock’s chamber of commerce.

If this gas station looks familiar, you may have recognized it from the 2006 animated movie "Cars" — it was the inspiration for Ramone’s House of Body Art.