'Joe's Truck Stop' (ouch!)

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By kjfitz @ 2008-01-25 22:48:43
Joe's Truck Stop is a simple four foot thick wall placed at the bottom of a steep mountain road in Fort Payne, Alabama aka "sock capital of the world." The structure is reinforced with wire, pipe and the chassis from two Dodge trucks.

After one too many run ins, or perhaps a better term is run overs, of his front yard, ol' Joe Faulkner decided he had had enough and went about to put the brakes on these free wheeling good buddies who had whipped out every tree on his property.

The name Joe's Truck Stop was coined by local kids amused by the incidents. In 1950 alone, 13 rigs rolled through his humble domain. Every kind of truck from fruit to circus has taken a dump in Joe's yard.
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@ 2008-07-01 01:17:51
It stops the trucks, but it tends to cause severe—often fatal—injury to the drivers. Many people feel that there ought to be a runaway ramp there.
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@ 2008-07-01 10:32:33
Now in BEV.
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@ 2010-01-11 07:35:08
The wall is a monument to the failure of the state of Alabama to remedy a dangerous situation that has existed for decades. Joe was a pragmatist - his property and family were in danger so he protected them. It is not only the kids who call it "Joe's Truck Stop," even emergency vehicles are dispatched to "Joe's Truck Stop." A few years ago Fort Payne was shaken by an earthquake and everyone in the neighborhood was thinking that there must have been a bad accident at Joe's.
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@ 2014-06-26 14:46:16
I lived in Joe's son's house across the street for a couple of years. I remember being late for kindergarten once because a truck was turned over in the front yard of our house. (We lived next door to Joe, who was my grandad.) Fun stuff when I was a kid. Very exciting.