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Dwayne

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Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« on: May 27, 2011, 01:02:20 PM »
What's the scoop guys? I gather they were a pretty popular fleet in 70's. Personally, I don't know much about them other than they had some nice truck's pulling for them.  8)


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Dwayne

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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #1 on: May 27, 2011, 01:05:52 PM »
Found this:

50 years ago oil production was going full blast in the Los Angeles area and we saw a lot of this kind of equipment on the streets and there were trucking companies now gone that hauled the drill supplies as well as the suppliers themselves. With the decline of production and environmental restrictions on exploration and drilling most of this industry has disappeared. J.H Rose headquartered in Houston TX had a yard in Montebello on  Washington Blvd.at the corner or Maple Ave. The story on the street was that J.H Rose had an account with Hughes Tool and had a run every night for them.  ETMF was on the other corner and General Cable was just up the street on Maple Ave. With deregulation Hill and Hill who did a lot of business hauling supplies directly to Alaska opened a yard on Maple also. Today all these companies have disappeared into history. On the other hand the service companies such as Halliburton and Schlumberger have continued to thrive thru good times and bad.

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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #2 on: May 27, 2011, 01:07:43 PM »
From the Russ MacNeil Collection:



Quote from: Russ MacNeil
Alaska hauler for Hill & Hill Truck Lines from Houston, TX. They were one of the main carriers for the building of the Alaska Pipeline. Next to him is a KW COE leased to Pyramid Van Lines from San Francisco, CA taken at the Cordelia Terminal Stations Texaco in 1976.

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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #3 on: May 27, 2011, 03:33:53 PM »
The Hill and Hill truck in the pic with the step deck I believe is a KW which was the type used on the Alaska hauls. Diamond plate fenders and a hood and radiator arrangement seldem seen in U.S. highway operations but built to handle the rigors of weather and terraine. note the tow clevis on the  bumper and they usually had plates for the Yukon and Northwest territories in Canada. I believe their routing was from Houston up U.S. 287 and exit to Canada at Sweetgrass MT. Saw them a lot in the 70's.

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« Reply #4 on: May 27, 2011, 03:42:30 PM »
I moved to Thornton CO in late 1977 and Hill & Hill was a regular on I-25 back in those days. A couple of truck stops in the area would always have a few rigs going to Alaska with material for the pipeline. Oh how i wish i would have had a camera back then.

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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #5 on: June 03, 2011, 04:48:31 PM »
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« Reply #6 on: August 02, 2017, 02:11:23 PM »
New to the board having Googled "Hill & Hill" and finding this thread. My grandpaw drove for them during the Alaskan pipeline construction era, eventually making over 130 round trips from Houston to Alaska. He did stints into northern Canada over frozen lakes way before the tv show Ice Road Truckers made it "cool." In '76 the Smithsonian magazine did a cover story article on one of his trips. I've scanned the article and will post it up if there's any interest. Meanwhile here's some pics I took when he took me with him around 1975:



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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #7 on: August 02, 2017, 02:23:38 PM »
Here's the Smithsonian cover from June '76 for the article I referenced:


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Re: Hill & Hill Truck Lines (Houston, TX)
« Reply #8 on: August 02, 2017, 02:26:53 PM »
I'd very much like to see this story. 8)

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« Reply #9 on: August 02, 2017, 02:56:09 PM »
Cool, glad there's some interest.  8)







 They didn't come across real clear, but the native scans are legible. I can email them if necessary.




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« Reply #10 on: August 02, 2017, 02:57:48 PM »
Here's a good look at their logo from a shrine of sorts my brother has in his garage:


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« Reply #11 on: August 02, 2017, 03:25:54 PM »
Really enjoyed the article & photos. Must have been a helluva experience doing that run back in the day. :) Like I mentioned in a post earlier I saw Hill & Hill coming through Denver quite a bit in the late '70s & boy I wish I'd have taken photos. :(

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« Reply #12 on: August 02, 2017, 04:02:33 PM »
Yeah my grandpaw had tons of great stories about those days. He definitely lived some adventures, especially on the Winter runs. I went with him in June and can remember him and his swamper having to chain up in northern Canada at one point in the middle of the night in order to pull a grade during a snow storm over a pass.

Those old truck suspensions would beat you to death on that gravel highway, I remember my kidneys hurting at one point and I was a kid. Now I'm the age he was then and not sure I could hold up to it as long as he did. The front bumpers on the company trucks were held on by I believe sixteen 1" diameter bolts and would hold up to a loaded rig being winched out of the ditch off that front pintle alone. The front ends didn't tilt forward to open because everything was steel and too heavy. Instead the hood had gull-wing type fold up side doors and the diamond plate fenders were fixed to the chassis. They were hell for stout, no doubt. The wide radiator models like those in the pics had a 350 hp Cummins in them. The previous generation had a narrower radiator with a pointy nose and had something like a 335 hp version.

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