Shamrock's St. Patrick's Day Celebration

Shamrock's St. Patrick's Day Celebration (HM1ZXA)

Location: Shamrock, TX 79079 Wheeler County
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Country: United States of America
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N 35° 12.936', W 100° 14.941'

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          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.
Year Placed2016
Placed ByState of Texas
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Date Added Wednesday, July 19th, 2017 at 11:01pm PDT -07:00
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UTM (WGS84 Datum)14S E 386321 N 3897667
Decimal Degrees35.21560000, -100.24901667
Degrees and Decimal MinutesN 35° 12.936', W 100° 14.941'
Degrees, Minutes and Seconds35° 12' 56.16" N, 100° 14' 56.46" W
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Area Code(s)806
Which side of the road?Marker is on the right when traveling North
Closest Postal AddressAt or near 210 N Main St, Shamrock TX 79079, US
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