“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Shamrock in Wheeler County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)

Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration

Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Coughlin, July 6, 2017
1. Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration Marker
          Early area settler George Nickel and his wife, Dora (Hggard), raised their family in a dugout home in Wheeler County. For his Irish heritage and for its symbolism of luck and courage, George suggested “Shamrock” for a Post Office approved for their home in 1890. The name was retained when the town of Shamrock was platted along the Rock Island Railroad built through the county in 1902.

          Shamrock bandmaster Glenn A, Truax envisioned the town capitalizing on its Irish name by producing a one-day celebration to draw thousands of visitors to the “Irish City.” With the help of the Shamrock Boosters Club, the first St. Patrick’s Day Festival was celebrated in 1938, linking the local celebration with the Feast Day of the Patron Saint of Ireland. The first observance featured such free attractions as a parade, street dance, matinees at the Liberty and Texas Theaters, a massed band concert of five hundred pieces from twelve cities, and historical and dramatic presentations, attracting about 12,000 people to a town of less than 4,000. The following year attendance topped 30,000, with parade spectators positioned along streets and roofs of downtown buildings.

          The annual event continued until it was suspended during World War II and again during the Korean War. The Chamber of Commerce took over sponsorship in 1952. Shamrock’s St. Patrick’s Day Celebration has welcomed many state and national figures in politics, sports, music and entertainment. It has evolved to a multiple-day affair, retaining many original activities and adding several others that have become annual tradition and an important part of the economy. In 2013, the Texas legislature adopted House Concurrent Resolution 83, proclaiming Shamrock’s celebration the Official St.Patrick’s Day Celebration for the State of Texas.
Erected 2016 by State of Texas.
Location. 35° 12.936′ N, 100° 14.941′ W. Marker is in Shamrock, Texas, in Wheeler County. Marker is at the intersection of N Main Street (U.S. 83) and E 2nd Street, on the right when traveling north on N Main Street. Touch for map. Marker is located on the northeast corner of the intersection. Marker is in this post office area: Shamrock TX 79079, United States of America.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 10 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Welcome to Blarney Stone Plaza (a few steps from this marker); The Legend of St. Patrick and the Shamrock (a few steps from this marker); Shamrock Water Tower (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); First Baptist Church of Shamrock (approx. 0.2 miles away); Shamrock Methodist Church (approx. 0.2 miles away); Tower Building (approx. ¾ mile away); Lela School (approx. 5½ miles away); Nicholson School (approx. 9.6 miles away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Shamrock.
Categories. Settlements & Settlers
Credits. This page was last revised on July 16, 2017. This page originally submitted on July 16, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey. This page has been viewed 104 times since then and 20 times this year. Photo   1. submitted on July 16, 2017, by Bill Coughlin of North Arlington, New Jersey.
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