Shamrock LbNA # 65528
|Placed Date||Aug 15 2013|
|Location||Gus & Lyndall Wortham Park, Houston, TX|
|Found By||Wry Me|
|Last Update||Dec 3 2013|
Construction of The Shamrock Hotel was completed in 1949. It was the brainchild of oil tycoon Glenn McCarthy. At the time it was the largest hotel in the United States. The grand opening party drew Hollywood celebrities and brought national attention to Houston. The lavish Irish-themed, resort-style complex boasted an immense swimming pool, large enough that water-skiing demonstrations were performed there. Hilton Hotels bought the property in 1954. In the ensuing years, the hotel faded in popularity and eventually fell into disrepair. It was then effectively donated to the Texas Medical Center. In 1986 it was demolished.
You will find the Shamrock letterbox where this infamous hotel once stood. It is now known as the Gus and Lyndall Wortham Water Park. It is located at the intersection of Main Street and Holcombe, on the south end of the Texas Medical Center. It can be difficult to find street parking. I parked in a nearby paid lot. To follow my footsteps... from Main Street, head east on Pressler. On your right is the entrance to the AU Visitor Parking Lot. You will need a credit card to enter. The cost is $2 for half an hour. If you decide to park there, walk west on Pressler. Cross Main Street at the light. A little further on your right will be a large live oak tree in the center of a circular flower bed. This is the entrance to the park. Walk to a granite marker that reads "Gus S. and Lyndall F. Wortham Park in the Texas Medical Center" on axis with a long pool. On each side of you will be an ivy-shaded pergola with a row of benches underneath. Walk down the right sidewalk with the Dancing Waters on your left and the pergola with its latticed windows on your right. When you come to the end of the Dancing Waters and the start of a colonnade of waterfalls in forced perspective, there will be a metal grate bridging the pool. Cross here. Continue onto a decomposed granite path in front of you. There will be an ivy-covered wall on your left and an arc of trees on your right. Between the 2nd and 3rd pilasters is the box. Search between the ivy and the wall, at about knee-height.
There is a surprise awaiting the "Lucky" first finder.