“since the 1920s”
Built in the 1920s, the Magnolia Service Station served
gasoline to Route 66 travelers and the community of
Vega, Texas for decades. The building was constructed
with two stories to allow the station’s operator to live in
the upstairs quarters. Locals fondly remember getting
their haircut in the building when it also provided
barber services in later years.
With the coming of Interstate- 40 in the 1970s, the business closed its doors and stood vacant for three decades. Despite its dilapidated appearance, the City of Vega recognized the significance and value of the building to Route 66 and the Vega community. In 2001, the City applied to the National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program for a cost- share grant to rehabilitate the building for use as a visitor center.
With an award of $50,000, the city went to work utilizing local area contractors to reconstruct the canopy and replace the doors, windows, roof and stucco. The project was not without its challenges, but through commitment and flexibility, the city and its dedicated volunteers persevered. For example, through collaboration with the Texas Department of Transportation and the Texas State Historical Commission, creative solutions were found to reconstruct the canopy to closely match its historic appearance, while accommodating size and clearance issues relating to the current road easement regulations.
The station rehabilitation was completed and dedicated in August 2004, and has since been attracting numerous visitors to the Vega community. The Oldham County Chamber of Commerce has placed a good display of historic photographs, gas station artifacts, and oral histories inside the station for visitors and locals to enjoy.
VEGA TEXAS is a cute little town with lots of interesting Texas history.
Magnolia Station was the second gas station to be built in Vega in the early 20's. It was restored by the Oldham County Chamber of Commerce and the City of Vega with partial funding from National Park Service Route 66 Corridor Preservation Program.
The Comanche Indians once dominated vast areas of North America—and yet, forced onto reservations, they left little record of their own story. Today a network of 22-foot-tall steel arrows by artist Charles A. Smith marks sites where the Comanches, and their last chief, Quanah Parker, hunted, traded, lived, traveled, and fought. Retrace the footsteps and hoofbeats of the “Lords of the Plains” as you honor their rich culture and history, and learn about a past that is written on the land. One of those arrows is located in Vega, Texas.
Quick off the highway photo stop. Nostalgic snd meaningful. Kids loved it and we took a bunch of pictures there. ❤️
Quick little jump of the main road to talk a walk around. Wasn’t open to go inside but you can see all you need to through the windows. On a side note if you’re looking for a place to stay the night while on a long road trip there is an Airbnb in Vega that looked very nice. It’s within walking distance to this site.
Good stop to see old artifacts. On-site parking.
A cute little abandoned gas station in small town Texas.
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Magnolia Gas Station
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