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Magnolia Gas Station

222 N Main St (Coke St), Vega, Texas 79092 USA

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Fri 12a-11:59p
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“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.

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Reviewed by
angieharmonvaughan

  • 6 Reviews
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July 14, 2021

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.

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Reviewed by
Blake Frank

  • 2 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
May 17, 2021
Rated 5.0

Good stop to see old artifacts. On-site parking.

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Reviewed by
Vannoy

  • 5 Reviews
  • 1 Helpful
March 08, 2020
Rated 5.0

Quick off the highway photo stop. Nostalgic snd meaningful. Kids loved it and we took a bunch of pictures there. ❤️

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Reviewed by
dorianhe

  • 7 Reviews
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November 06, 2017
Rated 3.0

A cute little abandoned gas station in small town Texas.

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Magnolia Gas Station

222 N Main St (Coke St)
Vega, Texas
79092 USA

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Open 24 hours today
  • Sun - Sat: 12:00 am - 11:59 pm

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