Iowa 80
Iowa 80 is the world's largest truck stop, located along Interstate 80 off exit 284 in Walcott, Iowa. Set on a 220-acre (89 ha) plot of land (four times larger than an average truckstop and 2.5 times larger than Disneyland) -- 75 acres (30 ha) of which are currently developed -- the site receives 5,000 visitors daily, and features a 67,000 sq ft (6,200 m 2) main building, parking for 800 trucks, and 15 fuel pumps. Four-hundred and fifty employees staff the megaplex. Iowa 80 is currently affiliated with the TravelCenters of America chain.

Bill Moon, a regional manager for Standard Oil, purchased the land and built the original truckstop in 1964 along the emerging I-80, the 3,000-mile (4,800 km) highway which would directly connect San Francisco with New York. "As they were building I-80, my father was responsible for finding land and building truck stops for Standard," says his daughter Delia Meier. Initially a small white enamel building surrounded by cornfields, it housed a modest truckers store, a one lube bay and a restaurant. Bill Moon took direct control in September 1965, and eventually purchased the site from the corporation in 1984. In 1992, the year of Moon's death, it became a Travelcenter of America franchise, though the facility is still owned and operated by the Moon family. In addition, the Iowa 80 Group also owns the Joplin (MO) Petro on Interstate 44, Oak Grove (MO) 70 off Interstate 70 just outside of Kansas City, and Kenley (NC) 95 off of Interstate 95.


In addition to the parking and truck scales, Iowa 80 offers fifteen fuel stations. A small convenience store is located on the fuel island. The pump stations feature a nozzle on each side, so they can fill both tanks simultaneously. A seven-bay service center offers diagnostics, minor repairs, oil changes and tire rotations. The stations truck washing facility, called the 'Truck-o-mat' can wash trucks and their trailers using a combination of machine- and hand-washing. Even the engine is washed, to clean away grime, salt, & oil, and to help find oil leaks. The fifteen-minute wash typically costs around fifty dollars.

Trucker's Warehouse Store This two-story, 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m 2) showroom is the largest trucker's store in the country. Items for sale include a collection of chrome accessories, books, DVDs, CB's, cell phone accessories, apparel and cleaners, chrome stacks, and bumpers. There are custom built show trucks -- one on a rotating platform -- and the 20-by-40-foot (6.1 × 12 m) wall displaying 500 illuminated truck lights. A vinyl graphics shop, custom t-shirt shop, and embroidery center are located in the store. Food services In addition to Blimpie, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Orange Julius, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut, The Iowa 80 Kitchen offers a fifty-foot salad bar and 'home-cooked' meals, serving 1 million cups of coffee and 90 tons of meat annually. The restaurant itself can seat 350 patrons, and a banquet room expands the total capacity by 60. Other facilities There are twenty-four private shower & toilet rooms (which may be requested from the gas pump), two game rooms, and the Driver's Den Lounge, with leather chairs and fireplace. Iowa 80 also features a business center with fax machines, logbooks & trip report forms and working stations. More unusual are the 60-seat movie theater and on-site barbershop. The most unexpected facility, though, may be the dentist's office. The dentist usually arrives at around 2pm, after finishing at his regular clinic, and works for six or seven hours; some of his patrons are local residents rather than truckers. Across the hall from the dentist there is also a newly-added chiropractic clinic. Services include chiropractic adjustments and Department of Transportation physicals.