University of Arkansas

Walton College

The Sam M. Walton College of Business

Harvey Jones



Jones Truck Lines

Springdale, Arkansas


In 1918, Harvey Jones bought an old Springfield wagon and two mules and started hauling goods from town to town. He was soon running an intercity "dray" business (a horse-drawn delivery service). In 1919, Jones managed to earn enough money to trade his wagon and mules for a used, slightly faster, hard-tire Federal truck, thus founding Jones Transportation Company. By 1949, he had led the company to become the largest privately-owned trucking carrier in the country. In 1980 after doing $80 million of business, Jones sold what had become Jones Truck Lines.

Through the years, Jones provided strong leadership and made huge contributions to his community, which continue to benefit citizens of Arkansas. His time, efforts, gifts and grants covered many areas such as schools for special children, vocational training schools, medical research centers, medical and general education centers and the development of local and regional library facilities.


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