Magnolia Gas Station

Vega, Texas

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The Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas was built in 1924 by Col J. T. Owen. For decades the stop provided fuel for locals alongside travelers on Route 66 and the Ozark Trail. The two-story building allowed for the business to operate downstairs while the operator could live in an apartment upstairs.

While the business originally operated as a Magnolia gas station, in the following years the station operated as a Phillips 66, a Conoco, and even the Slatz Barbershop. In the 1970s the business closed up for good and sat vacant for decades to come.

In 2001, the City of Vega applied to the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program and received a $50,000 cost share grant to restore the property. Extensive repairs were made, windows and doors were restored, the long-gone canopy was reconstructed, and gas pumps were reproduced. Today this former Magnolia Gas Station serves as a Route 66 visitor center with a display of historic artifacts, photos, and more set up inside.

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Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Magnolia Gas Station

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Address:
105 S Main St, Vega, TX 79092

Hours:
Visible 24/7

Cost:
Free

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Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction
Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas Route 66 Roadside Attraction

Know Before You Go

To make the most of your visit to Magnolia Gas Station in Vega, Texas, here are some things to know before you go.

  • Street parking is available.
  • On-site picnic tables offer a place to sit down for a lunch or a snack.
  • Look in the back for a Quanah Parker Trail arrow. Similar giant arrows can be found throughout Texas and commemorate historical connections with the last Comanche Chief, Quanah Park.
  • The visitor center has limited hours, but you can always pull over to admire the exterior of this vintage service station.

Where to Stay Near Magnolia Gas Station

Complete your travel itinerary and get a good night’s rest with a stay at one of these Route 66 hotels in Amarillo, Texas.

Bonanza Motel

Bonanza Motel is a budget motel in Vega, Texas. The property features a 24-hour front desk, refrigerators, air conditioning, and free WiFi.

Big Texan Motel

The Big Texan Steak Ranch is best known for its 72-ounce steak challenge. Whether you try to beat the clock for a free meal or not, you can mosey on over across the parking lot to extend your visit at the Big Texan Motel. Attached to the world famous steakhouse, the Big Texan Motel in Amarillo, Texas features 54 units and a Western theme.

The Barfield

The only full-service boutique hotel in Amarillo, The Barfield is housed in the historic Barfield building in the heart of downtown Amarillo. The hotel’s 112 accommodations, feature custom-designed furnishings and luxurious finishes. Enjoy high-speed WiFi, Smart TVs, ergonomic workspaces, and an in-room refreshment center.

Visiting nearby Amarillo on your Route 66 road trip? Enhance your visit to the area with a tour! Whether you love the outdoors, walking tours, or family-friendly adventures, there are plenty of options for everyone.

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