Interstate 50th Anniversary Caravan to Stop at
World’s Largest Truckstop on June 23rd.
WALCOTT, IOWA -- June 29, 2006 marks the 50th Anniversary of the federal law that brought America its unparalleled Interstate Highway System. This 46,837-mile web of superhighways has transformed our nation and our economy. It is a symbol of freedom and a tribute to human ingenuity
In 1941 President Franklin D. Roosevelt appointed a National Highway Committee headed by Commissioner of Public Roads Thomas H. MacDonald. An Interregional Highways study, led by MacDonald, was presented to Congress in 1944 and supported a system of 33,900 miles of national expressways and an additional 5,000 miles of auxiliary urban routes.
Congress approved the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1944 and designated the National System of Interstate Highways to include up to 40,000 miles “to connect by routes, direct as practical, the principal metropolitan areas, cities and industrial centers to serve the National Defense” with connection to routes in Canada and Mexico.
On June 29, 1956, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed the Federal-Aid Highway Act of 1956 increasing the Interstate system’s proposed length to 41,000 miles. Subsequent acts by Congress extended the Interstate system mileage to its current length of 46,837 miles.
The Interstate system has been the catalyst for exponential growth in the trucking industry and subsequently our economy. The Interstate system drastically changed how people and goods moved across America. Today, there is one truck for every three people in the U.S. and those trucks deliver nearly 10 billion tons of freight annually.
The Interstate System has also become the lifeline for many businesses, such as Iowa 80 Truckstop, Interstate 80 Exit 284, Walcott, Iowa. “My father selected this spot for Iowa 80 Truckstop back in 1963, the Interstate was not yet complete to Walcott. He knew, even then, that Interstate 80 would be a very important artery of travel,” says Delia Moon Meier, Senior Vice President.
When it opened in 1964, just before Interstate 80 was completed, Iowa 80 Truckstop was a small facility that only took up a fraction of what it does today, housing a small truckers store, one lube bay and a restaurant run by the Peel family. As the years past and traffic on Interstate 80 increased, Iowa 80 Truckstop grew to serve the needs of those travelers. Today, Iowa 80 Truckstop is the World’s Largest Truckstop and occupies 225 acres with parking for 800 tractor-trailers and 250 cars. The newly expanded truckstop includes such amenities as a 300-seat restaurant called the Iowa 80 Kitchen complete with a huge buffet; one-of-a-kind 30,000 square foot Super Truck Showroom; 23 private showers; 60-seat Dolby Surround Sound® movie theater; Driver's Den; two Game Rooms; Custom Shop featuring custom embroidery, vinyl, laser engraving and heat-press t-shirts; Barber Shop; Dentist; TA Service Center; Truckomat truck wash; CAT Scale; state-of-the-art 16 pump Fuel Center; 10 lane gas island; Wendy's and Dairy Queen in the Food Court and a Blimpie located in the Fuel Center; and a Taco Bell and Pizza Hut Express currently being added.
“The Interstate System is the lifeline for our business. We proudly celebrate 42 years at Exit 284 and are honored to be part of the Interstate’s 50th Anniversary celebration.”
The Interstate 50th Anniversary Caravan will stop at Iowa 80’s Trucking Hall of
Fame museum on Friday, June 23rd from 5:30 pm - 7:30 pm. Iowa 80’s Trucking Hall of
Fame museum features antique trucks dating as far back as 1910. Over 30 trucks are on
display at any given time. The museum currently hosts visitors by appointment from
10:00 am - 2:00 pm on Monday, Wednesday and Friday. Arrangements can be made for