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Illinois California Express

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Denver Colorado Was The Home Office For Illinois California Express.....

I went to work at Illinois California Express in 1974 this was a great union job, we had a bunch of these Ford tractors at ICX and most of them ran to Denver Colorado they had jake brakes on them, they were good riding trucks and easy to get in and out of the sleeper, this photo was taken someplace on Donner Pass Jim Wilson getting back in the truck, all the photos that you are seeing here we're all taking some time in 1974

We had a West board and a East board at ICX that you could bid on either one at bid time, or you could just bid the extra board.

The West board ran to Denver Colorado Albuquerque New Mexico, Salt Lake City, Dallas and Fort Worth Texas. Kingman Arizona, Flagstaff Arizona, Farmington New Mexico I know I'm forgetting a lot of terminals for the west board and east board but it's just been a long time ago

The east board ran to Chicago Illinois we had two terminals in Chicago and we had a terminal in Kansas City. The one ICX terminal in Chicago what was right next-door to Leeway Motor Freight terminal I know there was a terminal and Cicero Illinois and I can't remember where the other one was at

Running to Chicago we use to fuel and shower at our terminal in Albuquerque New Mexico, which was a nice terminal, then on over Tucumcari New Mexico, and up US 54 that was our regulated route then. Here is one of my other trips in one of the Freightliner. I took this photo sitting up in the jumpseat we had change seats in Las Vegas Nevada, our domicile was out of Southgate California and we were on our way to Denver Colorado, this was one of the Ford tractors.
This was one of the prettier days going over Vail Pass, and loveland Pass. This photo was at the bottom Vail Pass headed towards Denver Colorado there was a chain shack there and the state man in the chain shack said chain up all tires or you did not go on ( all but Steering tires ) we had just chained up and were moving on! This photo is we're on our way to the top of Vail Pass and this was when it was still with 2 Lane Highway.
Here is another shot going up Vail Pass. I think this is somewhere between Vail and Loveland Pass Its just been to long cannot remember! This is another shot of us going on you can see this guy outside of his car trying to put it on chains I cannot remember where about this was taken.
Here we are about ready to go through the Eisenhower tunnel. This photo we came out of Denver Colorado terminal up over the top of Wolfcreek pass on our way to the Farmington New Mexico terminal.  

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