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Shamrock - Oil Boom & Bust

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Shamrock, Oklahoma main street today

What's left of Shamrock’s main street today, Kathy Weiser, June, 2010. Available for prints and downloads HERE.


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, numerous oilfield camps, including 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.


Oil equipment in the Shamrock, Oklahoma area

Old oil equipment still dots the area today, Kathy Weiser, June, 2010. Available for prints and downloads HERE.


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, many of its buildings sit decaying and vandalized. However, in keeping with its old Irish customs, the town still sports an annual St. Patricks Day parade. The town also continues to sport an open  post office and a Grill & Grocery.

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.

© Kathy Weiser/Legends of America, updated March, 2012.


Also See:

Depew - Boom to Bust Town

Ghost Towns of Oklahoma

Oklahoma (main page)

Oklahoma Route 66

Route 66 (main page)

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Auto dealership, Shamrock, Oklahoma

Built in 1927, this abandoned auto dealership is quickly succumbing to the brush, Kathy Weiser, June, 2010.  Available for prints and downloads HERE.


Shamrock, Oklahoma

The closed Shamrock Museum building was once a general store. Kathy Weiser, June, 2010. Available for prints and downloads HERE.


Shamrock, Oklahoma

An old gas station and cafe sit abandoned in Shamrock today, Kathy Weiser, June, 2010. Available for prints and downloads HERE.


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