In 1946, World War II veteran Parke Cox and his wife Emily brought some of the first means of commerce to Southern Utah, and they had to start in Ohio to do it.
Their first shipping truck was purchased in Ohio. When they arrived to pick it up, some assembly was required as it was in seven crates. Parke and Emily soon made the trek back west and 70 years later Parke Cox Trucking is still a St. George enterprise.
Parke and Emily’s shared motivation to keep working, assemble a surplus truck, and drive it back to Utah in 1947, can also be found in their children.
The trucking company has been run by their children, grandchildren and soon great-grandchildren. Sons Dave and Don Cox are now running the operation of over 70 trucks and two dozen drivers that have each logged over one million miles.
Emily and Parke, now at 90 years of age, were the couple responsible for making it possible to ship goods in and out of St. George without the means of railroad at the time. Today they still show up to work at least three days a week.
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