Time to research

Discussion in 'Truck Stops' started by navypoppop, Jul 22, 2021.

  1. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    Ok drivers it's time to put on the thinking caps. I've been retired for about 10 years now and was thinking about some of the old truck stop chains I used to frequent in the 60's-80's but can't remember them all. I am trying to find a list for 1- Burns Bros Truckstops
    2- Travel Ports of America
    3- Union 76
    I know the original Truckstops of America that E. Phillip Saunders started and most of the Union 76 east of the Mississippi but was hoping to find the listings but can't locate anything on the web. Just a little curiosity for an aging old driver. Thanks for any help.
     
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  3. Used Trucks Guy

    Used Trucks Guy Bobtail Member

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    You should be able to get a listing of all TA sites, and within that list will live most former Burns Brothers, Union 76, TPOA, Rip Griffins, etc. You will need to recognize them by their location but you can probably do that OK. If you have questions about specific sites I might be able to help.
     
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  4. bthomann

    bthomann Medium Load Member

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    Navypoppop,
    Finding the old Burns Brothers shouldn't be too hard. They only had about 24 locations at their peak. I'll
    ask my uncle; he loved Burns Brothers. Went with him to Mrs. B's Homestyle restaurant in Overton,
    Nebraska once. Some of the best food ever! A few locations I know for sure used to be Burns Brothers
    are Corning, CA (now a T/A); Overton, Nebraska (now an Indian-owned place called Jay Brothers); and
    Wilsonville, Oregon (demolished).
     
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    bthomann Medium Load Member

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    Travel Ports that I know of: Lake Station, Indiana (T/A); Baltimore, Maryland (T/A); Mahwah, New Jersey (demolished); Binghamton, New York (T/A); Dansville, New York (T/A); Fultonville, New York (T/A); Maybrook,New York (T/A); Candler, North Carolina (T/A); Bloomsburg, Pennsylvania (T/A); Greencastle,Pennsylvania (T/A); Harborcreek, Pennsylvania (T/A); Milesburg, Pennsylvania (T/A)
     
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  6. buzzarddriver

    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    Burns Brothers T/S Walcott,IA
    It is now a RV dealer. Southwest corner of the freeway intersection. Across the street from the Pilot on the southeast corner. It stayed open for a while after T/A bought them, but seems like they closed it when the did the big remodel over at Iowa 80.
    There was another Burns Bros in western Iowa, can't remember the exit. It was a small one, no restaurant, just a basic fuel stop. It sat on a northeast corner of the intersection on a high bluff. Out in the middle of nowhere.
     
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    Union 76 list may be hard since there were so many of them. Here are some my uncle and I came
    up with:
    Tuscaloosa, Alabama (now a Pilot); Southington, Connecticut (T/A); Baldwin, Florida (T/A);
    Jacksonville South, Florida (T/A); Marianna, Florida (T/A); Vero Beach, Florida (T/A); Wildwood,
    Florida (T/A); Duluth, Georgia (demolished); Jackson, Georgia (T/A); Richmond Hill,
    Georgia (T/A); Paulsboro, New Jersey (T/A and also a Travel Port for a while); Bloomsbury, New
    Jersey (T/A); Pembroke, New York (T/A)
     
  8. bthomann

    bthomann Medium Load Member

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    I always thought Burns Brothers was at the Stockton exit and the Union 76 was where the RV
    dealer was now, but hey, I'll take your word for it. I'm a newbie and only in my 30's. Old soul,
    you might say.
     
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    buzzarddriver Road Train Member

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    I stand corrected. You are right. There have been a few years passed now and the mind gets foggy.
     
  10. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    Hi bthomann,

    I know that TA bought 17 of the Burns Bros. truck stops way back whenever but I do not all of them. I believe they were all west or mid-west locations. I am getting older and sometimes a written list or directory helps recharge the brain. I appreciate your research for me and your uncle has a vast memory to help in the search.
     
  11. navypoppop

    navypoppop Medium Load Member

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    The Travel Ports were mostly in the NE especially NY being as Mr. Saunders is from the Rochester, NY area. I have been to most if not all of them at one time or another.
     
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