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The community of Vega, organized in the first decade of the twentieth century, is located along historic Route 66 (now Interstate 40) west of Amarillo. Originally established to serve the Choctaw, Oklahoma & Texas Railroad, Vega fully embraced the Route 66 aesthetic, building classic mid-century modern motels and cafes to accommodate one of America’s historic highway corridors.
Today, Vega showcases its history in a variety of museums and collections. Its pioneer days are represented by the Milburn Price Culture Museum, dedicated to the history and culture of Oldham County and Vega, its county seat. The region’s agriculture is featured in the outdoor display of farming and ranching equipment at the Oldham County Farm and Ranch Heritage Museum. Vega’s Route 66 days are preserved by Magnolia Station, a historic gas station built in the 1920s along the old Route 66 alignment. The station has been restored by the city of Vega with help from a National Park Service cost-sharing grant and represents the unique architecture of gas stations during the period and served gas through the early 1950s. It now functions as an interpretive stop along the historic highway route.