The Vega Motel is located at 1005 Vega Blvd. in Vega, TX.
Call 806-267-2205 for room availability.
Prior to Route 66ís designation in 1926, the town of Vega in the
western portion of the Texas Panhandle was primarily an
agricultural community. A segment of the Ozark Trail
connected Vega to Amarillo, Texas and Tucumcari, New Mexico.
When Route 66 was created, this road became part of the national
highway. The highway extended directly through town, and before
long, new businesses like the Vega Motel emerged along its path.
Ervin Pancoast constructed the Vega Motel (originally
Vega Court) on Route 66 in 1947 at the dawn of an era of
unparalleled prosperity in the United States and Texas, a time
when leisure and travel became a booming industry. The
motel had west and south wings, which contained 12 units.
Aware of the importance of automobiles to travelers, Mr.
Pancoast incorporated garages into his motel design, and pairs
of garages alternated with pairs of motel units in each wing.
At the same time, he also constructed a small house in the
center courtyard that served as an office and personal living
quarters. Mr. Pancoast married the following year, and the
couple lived on the property, which became their lifeís work.
Business was good for the young couple, as traffic along
Route 66 through Vega remained busy over the following decades.
In 1953, the Pancoasts added an east wing containing eight units
with built-in garages. All of the new units had bathrooms and
some had kitchenettes. Like many motels of the mid-20th century,
the Vega Motel was modernized in 1964 with a new exterior of
Traffic remained heavy on Route 66 through
Vega throughout the 1950s and 1960s. During this same period,
the desires for better and faster transportation coupled with
advances in technology made the road obsolete. Plans for an
interstate through the Texas Panhandle were forming, and the new
modern highway (I-40) was completed in the early 1970s. This
traffic change ultimately affected the Vega Motel. After
operating the motel for over 30 years, the Pancoasts sold the
motel in 1976. The current owners continue to run it and
the motel has been in continuous operation since its
The Vega Motel is one of the rare surviving
intact motel complexes left in the small towns of the Texas
Panhandle. While Amarillo boasts several Route 66 motels,
only three are currently documented to survive intact outside
Amarillo. The Vega Motel was listed in the National
Register of Historic Places in 2006.