Since 1964 the so-called “Biggest Truck Stop in the World” – Iowa 80 – has been serving truckers and other travelers before the interstate was even completely built. What started as a small, white enamel building has turned into a huge plaza off of exit 284.
Bill Moon ran the facility for Standard Oil (no Amoco) for twenty years, until the company decided to sell it. Moon and wife Carolyn did risked everything to buy the property. Years later the complex, now serving some five thousand truckers and travelers everyday, stands as a testament to Bill Moon’s love of the trucking and truck stop business.
The Iowa 80 is now run by a second generation of Moons. The complex contains a 300 seat restaurant; a gift store, a “Super Truck Showroom”, a barber, chiropractor and a dentist, a work out room, laundry, a 60 seat movie theater, trucker’s TV lounge, a Verizon Wireless kiosk, private showers, a food court that includes popular, modern fast food chains, a convenience store, a custom vinyl shop, 10 gas islands, 16 diesel lanes, a fuel center, a 7 bay tractor-trailer service center, 3 bay truck wash, a CAT scale and finally a pet wash. To top it off the posthumously realized dream of Bill Moon, the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum.
The museum opened in 2008 and includes the Moon Family’s collection of antique trucks and other transportation antiques and memorabilia. Tours available by appointment.
Every year the Iowa 80 hosts the Walcott Trucker’s Jamboree which celebrates the hard work of those in the truck driving industry. Attendance of the Jamboree has reached 42,000.
So, next time you are traveling this great nation of ours, if fortune finds you out near Walcott, IA on I-80 stop by and visit this legendary piece of Americana.