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Fort Payne, Alabama: Joe's Truck Stop

Not a truck stop business, but a special wall built by Joe Faulkner in 1959 to keep trucks from crashing into his yard.

5th St. NE, Fort Payne, AL
I-59 exit 218. Drive east on Hwy 35/Glenn Blvd, then bear left just past the McDonald's onto US 11/Gault Ave. Drive north for one mile, then turn right onto 5th St. Drive east for four blocks. You'll see Joe's wall on the right.
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Joe's Truck Stop

Alas, it looks like Joe's Truck Stop ultimately failed to work. Joe's house is no longer there.

[Steve Barry, 04/01/2019]

Joe's wall kept truckers from crashing into his house from 1959, when he built it, until late 2012, when a truck hit the wall at an angle, slid along it, and still had enough momentum when it reached the end to continue into Joe's former home (He had died years earlier). Despite this and many previous crashes, Joe's Truck Stop has survived even though his house has not.

House damaged behind Joe's Truck Stop.

Joe's Truck "Stop"

Someone finally made it past Joe's Truck "Stop" and directly into the adjacent house, in January 2013.

[D. Langdon Jones, 01/19/2013]

It looks like the vehicle may have just grazed the edge of the Truck Stop before plowing into the house. The property clearly has feng shui issues.

Truck stop.

Joe's Truck "Stop"

Joe's Truck "Stop" is all you said about it and more. The tip said that kids call it Joe's Truck Stop, but by now even emergency personnel are dispatched to "Joe's Truck Stop" whenever there is another crash there. It is a monument to the failure of the state of Alabama to remedy a situation that has gone on for decades. But it is also amusing. Joe was a very pragmatic man and he took care of things his own way.

[Peggy Tiner, 01/13/2010]

March 2011 - Photo added.

Joe's Truck "Stop"

In 1935 Joe Faulkner built a house on Fifth Street, directly in front of a mountain road. Things were fine until around 1950 when Alabama designated the road State Highway 35, and truckers started using it. The truckers would burn out their brakes on the steep, two-mile mountain pass, and the first year thirteen trucks went through Joe's yard. He had a row of trees which they took out, one by one. Trucks, several of whose drivers died, spilled such diverse loads as chickens, watermelons, cows, logs, lumber, and steel onto Joe's yard, porch, and roof. He once had three circus trucks in his yard. In 1959, after various officials failed to make good their promises to remedy the situation, Joe built a four-foot-thick concrete wall reinforced with wire, grader blades, steel pipe, and the chassis from two Dodge trucks. The wall is only about two feet high, so loads still spill into his yard, but trucks have never been able to do anything worse to the wall than knock chunks out of it. In 1989 I went to Fort Payne to see the wall, which local kids have named Joe's Truck Stop.

[Teresa Fisher, 03/09/1999]

We like the rusted metal pipes that rise out of the top of Joe's wall. It was not built to be pretty.

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