November 10, 2012
In 1918, Harvey Jones purchased an old Springfield wagon and two mules and began hauling goods between Rogers (Benton County), Springdale (Washington County), and Fayetteville (Washington County). In 1919, he sold his wagon and mules to buy a Federal truck and named his business Jones Transportation Company. Jones would eventually build Jones Truck Lines into the largest privately owned and operated truck line in the United States. By 1980, company trucks were traveling more than 100,000 miles a day, with forty-one terminals in fifteen states and 2,300 employees. Jones died in 1989.