The Iowa 80 Truckstop in Walcott is a favorite destination not only for truck drivers but for anyone who wants to roll out to a wealth of shopping, dining and sight-seeing opportunities. The iconic truck stop, which is celebrating its 50th year, is open 24 hours, 365 days per year.
The late Bill Moon, founder and owner, began the operation in 1964 — before Interstate 80 was completed.
The truckstop, still owned by the Moon family, includes the Iowa 80 Kitchen restaurant along with a gift shop, “Super Truck Showroom,” chiropractor and dentist offices, barber shop, workout room, laundry facilities, small movie theater, TV lounge for truck drivers, private showers, food court, convenience store, fuel center, truck service center and truck wash.
“The facility also has a pet wash, so if you’re traveling with your furry friend, you can use the self-serve wash,” says Heather DeBaillie, marketing manager.
The truckstop serves more than 2 million cups of coffee annually, and, over the years, has cracked more than 18 million eggs to serve customers. Visitors, incidentally, go through 55 miles of toilet paper per month.
It also is home to the annual three-day Truckers Jamboree on the second Thursday, Friday and Saturday in July.
“People come from all over the country and Canada to display their trucks," DeBaillie said. "It’s just one big celebration of trucking.”