Iowa 80 Trucking Museum expansion will add space for 60 trucks

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line associate editor | Wednesday, November 25, 2015

The Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa, is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its exhibit hall and the number of classic trucks on display.

The museum is in the midst of a 26,400-square-foot expansion that will add space for approximately 60 additional tractors to be displayed, according to Heather DeBaillie, the museum’s marketing manager.

(Photo courtesy of Iowa 80 Trucking Museum)

Vintage tractors like this 1956 International are on display at the Iowa 80 Trucking Museum in Walcott, Iowa. The museum is undergoing an expansion that will nearly double the size of its exhibit hall and add space for an additional 60 trucks to be on display.

“For anybody that’s been here, the museum is going to extend almost all the way to the side road now, instead of having a long driveway,” she said.

DeBaillie said the expansion was prompted by the fact that the current museum space showcases a little less than half of the museum’s collection of rare and vintage tractors. Bill Moon, who founded the Iowa 80 Truck Stop at Walcott, began collecting trucks in the 1970s. The museum’s mission is to restore and preserve antique trucks and trucking artifacts so that the history of trucking may be shared with the general public.

“The Moon family (the proprietors of the museum) really want to share that collection with the public,” she said. “It doesn’t do any good when they’re just sitting in a shed somewhere.

Among the new trucks that will be displayed are an “all-stainless” tractor and a vintage Coca-Cola delivery truck, complete with more than 4,000 glass bottles of the soft drink.

DeBaillie said the goal is to have the expansion complete in the spring, in time for it to be open during the Iowa 80 Truck Stop’s summer touring season, which is highlighted by the Trucker’s Jamboree in July.

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