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by Jessica Waytenick • December 28, 2011

Address: 505 Sterling Drive (Iowa 80 Truckstop, I-80 Exit 284) in Walcott, Iowa

Phone: 563-468-5500

Web Site: www.iowa80truckingmuseum.com 

Hours: Monday-Saturday 9 a.m.-5 p.m.; Sunday 12-5 p.m.(Memorial Day-Labor Day). Same hours, except closed on Monday-Tuesday duringthe rest of the year.

Admission: Free, donations accepted.

Media Contact: Heather DeBaillie, 563-468-5500 or heather.l.baillie@iowa80group.com

What’s New:

  • Iowa 80 Truckstop celebrates 50 years in 2014!

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum collection was started by Iowa 80 Truckstop founder, Bill Moon. Bill Moon had apassion for trucks and was always looking for a new truck or trucking artifactsto add to his collection.  There are nowover 100 antique trucks in the collection with 30 of these on display in themuseum at any given time.  The earliestone dates back to 1910.

The museum continues to getdonations from fellow trucking enthusiasts. In April, Con-way Freight donated a cab-over tractor truck built in 1983to the museum.  It was the first one offthe assembly line and has been fully restored.

Along with the actual trucks, themuseum has exhibits about the history of the trucking industry and how it hasshaped the way we live.  Think of howmany products are transported across the country.  Trucks of yesteryear could not drive as fast,some were hand crank start, many had open cabs with no windows, and no powersteering.  Trucks now use GPS navigationsystems, have roomy sleepers with refrigerators, TVs, beds, closets andmicrowaves; comfortable seats; and are easy to start. 

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum iscurrently expanding the museum by adding on to the current truck ExhibitHall.  The new addition will add an additional 21,600 square feet to theExhibit Hall.  “We have more trucks that we want to share with the generalpublic and this expansion will allow us to do that, as well as display selecttrucks that have been graciously loaned to us,” says Dave Meier, MuseumCurator.  When complete, over 60 truckswill be exhibited at one time, double the current display. 

The Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott, Iowa, turns 50 in 2014.  The “world’s largest truckstop” at Exit 284 on Interstate 80 has grown to include a 300-seat restaurant; gift store, the Super Truck Showroom, a dentist, a barber shop, a chiropractor, a Dogomat pet wash, a workout room, laundry facilities, a 60-seat movie theatre, a trucker’s TV lounge, a Verizon store kiosk, 24 private showers, a Food Court with 6 fast food restaurants, a convenience store, a custom embroidery and vinyl shop, 10 gas islands, 16 diesel lanes, a fuel center, a 7-bay truck service center, and the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.  They serve over 2 million cups of coffee per year! 

 

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