Telling the Story
Highway 66 Meanders Along
To be filled in
Tiny Truck
Pouch Truck

Bruce Crim’s Introduction:

Many stories have been written about the history surrounding the development of the highway system in the United States but few have created as much interest and romance as that about what was often called the “ Mother Road”—– Route 66.  And few of these stories and books written about the old road  could claim to be complete without telling the story of  Campbell “66” Express.  Now just who is going to be able to tell such a story?  After all, Route 66 was officially given its name by important citizens of the day who lived in Springfield, Missouri in 1926 and Campbell “66” Express first got it start in the same place and the same year and both of these entities existed over the next period of 60 years. Well it looks like the task has fallen to me- J. Bruce Crim. I will do my best to tell this story with the highest respect for the many men and women of this period who toiled night and day to move the goods via truck over our beloved old road.


Marsha Ice
August 8th, 2014 at 7:24 am

My dad, Homer Ice, worked at the Soringfield, MO plant. He was a “Systems Analyst”. We have such wonderful memories of Mr. Campbell and the company. We are very proud Daddy worked for such a wonderful company. So many great spirited people worked there. Just recently the son of a man that Daddy worked with contacted me on Facebook. That you for this site. God bless.

dennis jackson
August 23rd, 2014 at 6:39 pm

pat……..dick stone was terminal manager when I started in april 71……..didn’t know to many office management but know all the road,,,city,,,dock guys and as I said before about all has passed on……porky….walter samples……Kelly…gene davis….ed….passed on also they were dispatchers…I have a old senority list tried putting it on here but for some reason can’t…..maybe if send it to bruce he can put it on…..think it is from 74……..

August 30th, 2014 at 11:55 am

Dennis…..Most of those names sound familiar, except for Kelly and Gene – don’t recall them. Dick Stone was terminal manager for some of the time I was there and when I was “down sized”! Do you know what happened to him? One time heard he moved with the truckline that bought some of C66 rights, but not sure of that.

Chris blessett
August 23rd, 2014 at 8:43 pm

When did the company close the doors and did they have the camels on the trailers there whole history. One of there trailers is up the road from me in butts county ga. Stile has the camel on it.

dennis jackson
August 30th, 2014 at 4:35 pm

forgot another dispatcher,,,wally,,,on dick stone don’t recall what happened to him but heard that he and bill pitt from springfield had bunch of connection and money tied up in a truckline they started in springfield rainbow express……dick stone was from springfield him and pitt were good friends etc……this site could really be active if others will chim in…….come on out there get things stirred up…..

wes johnson
January 9th, 2015 at 10:20 am

I worked at Kraft Foods in Champaign IL. and remember getting a chuckle from seeing the Humping to please trailers in our drop lots. Always wondered about the company. Saw a die cast model on ebay and then found this site


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