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This article is about the truck stop. For the article about the highway in Iowa along which it is located, see Interstate 80 in Iowa. The facility features separate entrances for truckers and regular commuters. 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 m2) main building, parking for 800 trucks, and 15 fuel pumps. Four-hundred and fifty employees staff the megaplex.[1][2] Iowa 80 is currently affiliated with the TravelCenters of America chain. Contents 1 History 2 Facilities 2.1 Exterior 2.2 Interior 2.2.1 Trucker's Warehouse Store 2.2.2 Food services 2.2.3 Other facilities 3 Gallery 4 References 5 External links History 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.[1] 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,[3] 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. Facilities Exterior 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.[2] Interior The showroom floor, featuring tricked-out 'show trucks' and a wall of lights. Trucker's Warehouse Store This two-story, 30,000 sq ft (2,800 m2) showroom is the largest trucker's store in the country.[4] 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.[1] Food services In addition to Blimpie, Wendy's, Dairy Queen, Orange Julius, Taco Bell, and Pizza Hut,[5] 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.[2] 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.[6] Across the hall from the dentist there is also a newly-added chiropractic clinic. Services include chiropractic adjustments and Department of Transportation physicals. Gallery A wide shot of the exterior captures the scope of the building's size. The exit-ramp sign boasts this is the "World's Largest Truckstop". References ^ a b c The Big Road and a BIG Truckstop: Iowa 80 ^ a b c Modern Marvels: Truck Stops. The History Channel. ^ IOWA80.COM - Trucking Accessories for Kenworth Peterbilt Freightliner Mack Volvo International - IOWA80.COM ^ Renner Architects LLC : Iowa-80 Travel Center ^ iowa80truckstop.com ^ WALCOTT: Iowa-80 Truck stop a city in itself - A Q-C Century - Progress 99 Coordinates: 41°37′05″N 90°46′50″W / 41.61806°N 90.78056°W / 41.61806; -90.78056 External links Iowa 80 official website v · d · eTrucking industry in the United States Regulated by the Federal Motor Carrier Safety Administration Regulations Commercial driver's license · Hours of service · Federal Bridge Gross Weight Formula · Electronic on-board recorder · Motor carrier safety rating · Motor Carrier Act of 1980 · International Registration Plan · National Network Manufacturers Truck manufacturers Autocar · Freightliner · Ford Motor Company · International · Kenworth · Mack · Peterbilt · Sterling · Volvo · Western Star · White • General Motors Truck & Coach Division Engine manufacturers Caterpillar · Cummins · Detroit Diesel · Mack · MaxxForce · Mercedes-Benz · PACCAR · Volvo Trailer manufacturers Fruehauf Corporation · Great Dane Limited · Hyundai Translead · Lufkin Trailers · Trail King Industries · Utility Trailer Manufacturing Company · Wabash National · Monon Trailers Motor carriers Truckload carriers Celadon  · Covenant · England · J.B. 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