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See History at America's Coolest Trucking Museums

Much has changed since that first big rig powered up on the newly-built interstate highways of the 1950's. Trucking is sleeker, more comfortable, but it is still the backbone of American industry. If the roads could talk, the stories they tell and the culture arising from them would take on a life of its own. These trucking museums help preserve an era of important transportation history.

Iowa 80 Trucking Museum

Iowa Truckstop 80 founder, Bill Moon, enjoyed collecting antique trucks and trucking memorabilia. The iconic truck stop in Walcott, Iowa was pleased to share his passion and let visitors take a step back in time. The museum boasts 60 antique trucks at one time and has over two dozen original gas pumps and 304 vintage petroliana signs. The trucks on display include a 1924 Brockway 2.5 Ton, a 1948 Mack, and a 1954 Kenworth COE Bullnose. There's also a large collection of vintage toy trucks.

Mack Trucks Historical Museum

Mack Truck Historical Museum focuses on Macks and Brockway but any fan of big rigs will want to stop by. Mack Brothers Motor Car Company had its start in 1900 and produced its first truck in 1907. The company was renamed Mack Trucks in 1922. The museum in Allentown, Pennsylvania offers tours for only up to ten people at a time for a more interactive experience. Scattered throughout the museum are perfectly restored Mack trucks some over 100 years old. Visitors are allowed to climb into the cabs and take the driver's seat. Full-sized truck motors, advertising signs, and other vintage memorabilia are also on display.

C. Grier Beam Truck Museum

C. Grier Beam Truck Museum was founded in 1982 by Carolina Freight Carriers Corporation. It is housed in the original gas station in Cherryville, North Carolina where the company began with one truck. The museum isn't large but lovingly attended to with several well-preserved vintage trucks including 1947-49 Macks and some great 1920 Chevrolets. The company was known for its dedication to employees and the museum devotes part of its space to memorial and honorarium plaques for past employees. There is a very cool gift shop with an interesting collection of Carolina Trucking items.

Pacific Northwest Truck Museum

Pacific Northwest Truck Museum is a cornucopia of restored antique trucks, parts, and relics commemorating the significant innovations and progress in the trucking industry. The Brooks, Oregon museum's unique collection includes GMC, International, Peterbilt, and Freightliner trucks. It also has a fantastic display of long-gone models like Yellow-Knight and Samson. The museum was founded in 1989 by truck drivers and corporate enthusiasts. Together they created an all-volunteer organization with an ever-growing inventory. The museum regularly sponsors popular local truck shows.

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