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Iowa 80 History:

Scroll through the amazing history of the Iowa 80 Group.

Iowa80 Truckstop - 1964
Over recent years, the Iowa 80 TA Truckstop has undergone significant expansion projects to widen the gap as the largest truckstop in the world. The truckstop boasts the Iowa 80 Kitchen, a 300-seat restaurant, Truckers Warehouse, Barber, Dentist and a food court featuring Wendy's and Dairy Queen. Iowa 80's most recent venture is in the mail order business. In 1997, the Iowa 80 Catalog was born. Drivers can now order everything they want from the Iowa 80 Truckstop even if their schedule or route doesn't take them to Walcott.
When trucking was just a gleam in some of today's drivers' eyes and Interstate 80 was not yet completed, the Iowa 80 Truckstop was founded. In 1964, Standard Oil built and opened the truck stop, and in September 1965, Bill Moon took over management of the truckstop for Amoco. Like many of the truckstops in existence at the time, Iowa 80 was a small facility that only took up a fraction of what it does today.
- Bill Moon
Under Mr. Moon's keen management, the truckstop began to grow and in 1984 Bill Moon purchased the truckstop from Amoco, that like the industry itself, has been a flurry of activity and expansion ever since. Even though Mr. Moon passed away in 1992, his family still operates the truckstop with the focus on the customer, and the continuous expansions prove it.
Mr. Moon's focus on the customer is what sparked the beginning of the Walcott Truckers Jamboree in 1979. This huge driver appreciation event has evolved over the years. Today, the celebration includes a cook-out, Super Truck Beauty Contest, exhibits, Live Entertainment, and Truck Displays.
Iowa 80 celebrated it's 40th Anniversary and The Walcott Truckers Jamboree 25th Anniversary with a 4 ft. x 8 ft. cake that fed over 10,000 people at the 2004 Walcott Truckers Jamboree.

IOWA80.COM is part of the Iowa 80 Group that also owns Iowa 80 TA Truckstop, Walcott, Iowa; Joplin Petro, Joplin, Missouri; Oak Grove Petro, Oak Grove, Missouri; Kenly 95 TA Truckstop, Kenly, North Carolina; Truckomats in: N. Little Rock, Arkansas; Temple, Georgia; Effingham, Illinois; Indianapolis, Indiana; Hebron, Ohio; Oklahoma City, Oklahoma; Laredo, Texas and CAT Scale Company.