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Newly discovered photos are a trip back into trucking history


The owner of a property that was once a Kentucky truck stop recently unearthed a massive treasure trove of decades-old photographs that will take viewers back in time to a bygone era of trucking.

The photos were unexpectedly discovered at the location of a former truck stop and restaurant called The Garvin Diner off Route 60 near Olive Hill, Kentucky, as the current owner Joann Back was performing some renovations on the building.

Back told CDLLife:

I own the old truck stop (built in 1954) on US 60 west of Olive Hill Kentucky. We’ve been doing some renovation to the building, and while climbing up in the attic we noticed a 4×8 sheet of plywood nailed up to form a room. On the plywood looked like that old brick wall paper but upon closer inspection we realized it was covered in old photos of the truckers and their trucks in front of the truck stop, over 300 of them, most have their names and some have death dates. It’s been tucked away from the sunlight for more than 50 years. The old truck stop has been in the family since 1970.

A lot of these men were long haul truckers from all over the United States. The woman who ran the truck stop loved her customers — she took pictures and glued them to this 4×8 sheet of plywood and displayed it behind the counter.

Back shared dozens of images captured when the truck stop was thriving more than 50 years ago.

You can take a look at the photos below.


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