Shamrock, OK

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City/Town: Shamrock
Location Class: Ghost Town
Year Built: 1910
Year Abandoned: N/A
Status: Abandoned
Photojournalist: Cody CooperJustin Tyler Moore

About 13 miles northwest of Depew, Oklahoma sits the almost abandoned town of Shamrock. Once a booming oil town with as many as 10,000 people, the town now sits fading with only about 100 residents, crumbling foundations and long closed businesses.

The town began as a small farming hamlet with it first post office established on July 9, 1910. Shamrock was named by the first postmaster, J.M. Thomas, for his hometown in southern Illinois.

By 1913, the town supported two general stores, a restaurant and a population of 35 people.
However, this all changed when the Cushing Oil Field began to develop two years later. The town site soon shifted to the southern edge of the oil field and became a boomtown almost overnight. Nearby, oil-field camps called Dropright, Gasright, Alright, Downright, Damright and Justright sprung up in the vicinity.

When the new location for the town was surveyed and platted, Shamrock took on an Irish character with its Main street named Tipperary Road and other streets taking on monikers such as Cork, Dublin, Ireland, St. Patrick, and Killarney. Buildings were painted green and the town acquired a Blarney stone. Its first newspaper was called the Shamrock Brogue.

Cushing some 15 miles to the northwest of Shamrock really boomed as it soon supported 23 refineries and before long the town of Drumright was formed just six miles north of Shamrock.

The Cushing field became one of the greatest oil discoveries of the early 1900’s, producing 300,000 barrels a day by 1915. By 1919, the Cushing-Drumright area accounted for 17 percent of U. S. and 3 percent of world production of oil, becoming known as the “pipeline crossroads of the world.”
During Shamrock’s oil boom days, the town was a rowdy one with a number of gambling halls, saloons, brothels and tough individuals. At one time, noted oil-field entertainer, Ruby Darby, performed in a Shamrock pool hall, entertaining her guests by dancing on top of a pool table.

Shamrock began declining in the mid-1920s as oil-field workers began to move on to new boomtowns. Before long, stores, pool halls, hotels, and other businesses began to close as the nearby oil-field camps were left deserted. Houses were moved to new locations and business buildings stood closed up.

By 1930 the population of Shamrock had decreased to about 700 persons. However, Shamrock still supported a bank which was robbed by Pretty Boy Floyd in 1932. Floyd was also seen casing the Depew Bank from the town’s post office, though he never robbed it.

Though the Cushing oilfield continued to produce massive amounts of oil, the production had been mostly automated and the numbers of men were no longer needed. Cumulative production in the Cushing oilfield exceeded 450,000,000 barrels by the end of 1979.

Though the town is still called home to about 100 souls, its buildings sit decaying and vandalized. However, in keeping with its old Irish customs, the town still sports an annual St. Patricks Day parade.

Shamrock is six miles south of Drumright, Oklahoma on highway 16. To access from Route 66, travel approximately 3.5 miles west of Depew, then turn right on Creek County Road N3620 for about 9 miles before entering Shamrock.

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B. DavidRichardson
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B. DavidRichardson

Was this post really necessary?

Family
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Family

I stumbled across the photos on accident, if it was your property wouldnt you look on the site? And as for "problems with the site" thats silly, my issue as I said before is the building is very unstable and very dangerous, people going inside which you can clearly tell they did, if you have ever been in there where access is available for pics from the outside and where it is impossible, such as the mold room..my issue is I would hate visit and find fool dead in there..

Mark Robinson
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Mark Robinson

Looking for any information on a 1st cousin who died in April of 2011. Said he was from Shamrock. Wayne Eugene Robinson. Anything might help. Long lost relative.

John
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John

My Great Grandfather told me stories about coming to town on a covered wagon. That generation saw the beginning of the town, now it would seem that we are seeing the end of it. Yes, it is sad.

Kim Finch
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Kim Finch

MY grandmother came to Shamrock on the train she was around 11 or so. He Uncle Tom ran the boarding house there it was the only true building the rest of the city was a tent city at the time. She was born in 1913 in Arkansas and moved there for the oil boom. My mother grew up there and I was brought home from the hospital and lived there for awhile before we moved to Cushing and later to Colorado. My family is buried is buried in the old Shamrock Cemetary and when my grandmother passes she will be… Read more »

real ghost pics
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Thank you for the good writeup. It in fact was a amusement account it. Look advanced to more introduced agreeable from you! By the way, how could we communicate?

Sir William of Geary
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Sir William of Geary

If fifty people living in Shamrock used the internet at a cost of about $600,000 for two years, cost borne by the taxpayer would be $6,000 per user per year. It's like kicking a dead horse…

Mary Lynn Heath
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The Old Shamrock City Hall will officially become a Cyber Community Center on Thurs, Sept. 8, 2011. Address 101 East 5th Street, Shamrock, OK –Public Ribbon cutting is at 11 a.m. All are welcome! Hosted by @Link Services in OKC — bringing broadband internet to Rural Oklahoma. 405-753-7174.

Bill
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Bill

My Dad was born and raised in town and we visited there every summer when my brother and I were kids. We had so much fun visiting our Grandparents and our other relatives. Such great people and great memories in Shamrock. My brother and I spread our fater's ashes in Shamrock several years ago at his request. My late brother and I have taken a couple of trips there and felt so bad to see the shape the town was in, but we still met great people and had great memories. We visited the museum twice and were sad to… Read more »

Family
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Family

Not trying to cause trouble, but you shouldnt be going in the buildings of the ceramic shop it is privately owned. Thats not trespassing, its breaking and entering. Those buildings are obviously in disrepair and as you can see by your own photos the the ceiling is crumbling as are the walls and everything else. The last time I visited I saw where someone had thrown burned ciggerette butts on the floor on top of paper just daring it to burn the place down, as well as what looked to be some sort of drug paraphanalia-you may encounter something worse… Read more »

Keaton
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Keaton

You can easily take pictures from the outside looking in if you put your lens up to the glass

Family
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Family

The one room with the tanks has no windows. Its completely dark in that room and you cant see your hands in front of your face.

natsuki
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natsuki

Urbex rule number 1. take only photos leave only footprints.
Majority of ppl who do this refuse to even touch items unless absolutely necessary. And most places are not marked as being owned still,so it's kinda guess work.
Not being funny but why be on this site if u have such a problem with this??

Henry Kissenger
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Henry Kissenger

If you have time to search for this site and comment on it, then you have time to clean up that huge mess you own.

Pat goff
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Pat goff

I agree besides if they complain about people going through stuff why didn't they clean it up when they died

Pat goff
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Pat goff

When their grandparents died in mean.

Bobbi Dunn
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If anyone wants even more information about this town, it hit it's 100 years this year. I wrote an awesome book with 1916 newspaper articles, old photos, all the alumni, family information and tons more! Only $30 for a hundred years of Shamrock History! contact me at: ancestryfarmer.com or email is ancestryfarmer@gmail.com

Joy Frangiosa
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Joy Frangiosa

Was there today would love to know more about the book and if it talks about the saloon Ruby Darby danced in I think it may have been a pool hall.

colleen
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colleen

I grew up there in the 70's. That green building was a store then. The family that ran the store lived above it. I learned to paint ceramics in the ceramic store, it was ran by a nice older lady. The school was in okay shape then, not many students. I lived on the west side of the highway that runs right through the town. We had lots of fun when we were growing up there.

Ghost
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Ghost

That would be Lloyed and Bea, my grandma and grandpa.

Daffy
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Daffy

I have been drove passed the town and you have to be careful there as it is one of the biggest speed traps in the state of Oklahoma. They have more police officer to stop you. It is how the town gets there money.

Just An Okie Girl
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Just An Okie Girl

The speed trap has been closed down for quite some time.

John
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John

not to mention, the last time I checked the "cops" giving the bogus tickets had been shut down, though those speeding through the town still complained about the tickets.

No matter now, no cops left.

KENNY F*CKING POWERS
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KENNY F*CKING POWERS

Thats because of the ST. Patty's Day Car Show a line of Nissan Z's pwn the streets of shamrock 😉

Henry Kissenger
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Henry Kissenger

The only thing Nissans pwn are the repair shops and junkyards they occupy

Larry Pittser
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Larry Pittser

Bild is correct. The cafe was ran by Ruth Brown. Back in the day (mid 1960,s) you could get a great hamburger, slice of homemade cherry cream pie and a coke for less than a dollar. Their huge plate lunch was 65 cents and it was great food. I spent many an afternoon working for Joe Brown,,,sorting glass pop bottles, carrying out and burning the days trash from the store, stocking the shelves and waiting on customers in the store. Sad to see the old gym in such bad repair. I remember crawling in the attic to change light bulbes… Read more »

Carla Stevens Ellis
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Carla Stevens Ellis

Those were the good old days, Larry! I worked at the cafe 4 hours during the rush hour and made $3.00 each day, but the main thing was I learned how to make those cherry cream pies. We enjoy them every holiday. I learned down home cooking from Ruth, better than any cookbook on earth.
Shamrock was a good place to grow up in those days, it was a clean Leave it to Beaver town. Lots of good memories.

B. DavidRichardson
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B. DavidRichardson

I would like to see some pictures of Shamrock during earlier prosperous days. Say, in the 30's. I was there last evening after having a great time at Tidal School Winery. I must say, I enjoyed myself so much and took several pictures. One building in particular that interested me was across from the gymnasium and has a plackard block at the top indicating it was built in 1927. Gosh, the town gave me mental pictures of images in the movie Fried Green Tomatos.

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Kevin Cozort
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Kevin Cozort

My dad was born in Shamrock. Sad to see it like this. Many oil boomtowns like this in America, though.

bild
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bild

the green building in your photo collection was a general store with the entry facing south, and in the rear of the store with its entry facing west toward the highway was a fantastic little cafe ran by the wife of the store owner. my father and i made wholesale deliveries to the store at least once a month and scheduled our day so we could hit the cafe at lunchtime if at all possible. the store owners name was Joe Brown and to my recollection always had a spittle of tobacco on his lip. very nice people. this was… Read more »

Jim Ramsey
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Jim Ramsey

This was origonally the HAUGHT Building. During Shamrock's Hey-Day, Mrs. Haught ran a Millinery shop downstairs and the front was mostly glass windows…..they lived ukpstairs.
The Haught's Daughter was a first & secong grade teacher in the thirties and was loved by aall her students. Her name was Elsie. I remember her very well.

Jeremy
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Jeremy

Used to live here when I was a kiddo. My wife and I are into urbexing and was in Shamrock this last week. Very neat old breezeway behind the bank, can't tell it's there if the weeds are too tall. Town has a lot of history, check out a book called "Drumright II" worth the time.

PattyMac
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PattyMac

Are there any copies of newspapers in that old museum. We’re looking for a 1930 obit.

Roy Willey
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Roy Willey

No newspapers in "museum". I have census, cemetery records, access to newspaper microfilm (Blarney and Creek County Democrat).

Bobbi Dunn
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Try the Sapulpa Herald or the Bristow paper, they carried most if not all obits from Creek county at that time.

Jeff
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Jeff

this is a good lil town i love liven here…

Roy Willey
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Roy Willey
Nikole S
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Nikole S

noah's flood??? what an odd musuem.

Fiend
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Fiend

Very cool, part of my family is from the Cushing area. I have actually driven through this town in the past, never took any photos though…

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