Heritage House Bed & Breakfast occupies a grand old home at the corner of South Polk St. and S. 17th Ave. (1620 South Polk). The main house was built in 1906. Based upon early Sanford Fire Maps, it appears that the carriage house was added between 1910-1913. The home is within the Plemons Eakle Historic District, on the National Registry of historic places. A street car once ran down the center of Polk Street in front of the house.
Famed rancher and oil man, Robert Benjamin Masterson (1853-1931), purchased the house in 1908. He had been managing his sprawling ranch (in northern Potter & southern Moore counties) while his family lived in Ft. Worth. With the purchase of this home, he moved his family westward. In 1910, oil and gas was discovered on the ranch, adding to the family wealth. Three of the Masterson daughters married into ranching families of the region, with names still prominent today (Kritser, Fain, Weymouth). A grandson, Hollywood star Zachary Scott, would often visit this house.
Ranching and mineral management continue to be an interest of Masterson family descendants. Displayed on the second floor landing are photos and a family tree depicting the numerous cattle brands that were united by the marriages of the Masterson daughters and their descendants. We appreciate Mr. Jack Miller (a great grandson of Mr. Masterson) who graciously provided access to family history and photos displayed on the second floor.
After WWII, the house was occupied by Leo Southern and wife Ann. Mr. Southern and his brother were prominent merchants in Amarillo through the mid to late-1900’s.
The current owners, Marcus Norris, and wife, Judy, purchased the house in 2011 They opened Heritage House Bed & Breakfast in the Fall of 2016.
Heritage House B&B, 1620 S. Polk, Amarillo, TX 79102 (Lat. 35°, 11,’ 45” N; Long. 101°, 50,’ 23” W)
From the east or west, on IH-40: Exit at Washington St. At the traffic signal turn north (away from the Dairy Queen). At the third traffic signal, turn right (east) on SW15th Ave. Go 7-8 blocks to the second traffic signal, and turn right (south) on South Polk. Heritage House will be on your right at the corner of S. Polk and S. 17th.
From the south, on IH-27: As you near downtown Amarillo, driving northward on IH-27, take the exit for IH-40 West to Albuquerque. Stay to the right as you come up the ramp onto IH-40, for the Washington St. exit just ahead, take it, turn right (north) and follow the above directions from IH-40.
From the north, on US 287, 87, or 60: When you come to the cross street of S.E. 10th Ave., turn right (west). Your distance will depend upon which highway you are entering on, but in approximately 1-3 blocks, turn left (south) onto Polk Street at the traffic signal. Go seven blocks and Heritage House will be on your right at the corner of S. Polk and S. 17th.