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Hunt Transport, Medicine Hat, Alberta

By Nertz Tarnasky, Medicine Hat, Alberta

Before founding J. D. Hunt Transport in the early 1950s, Jim Hunt worked for several trucking companies, one of which was Security Storage, an Allied Van Lines agent in Winnipeg, MB. In 1951 he moved west to Medicine Hat, AB, and soon found work there with Robertson Transport in their moving and storage division, which was primarily on Allied Van Lines dispatch as well. Subsequently Jim moved on to Soo Freight Lines, purchasing his own tractor to become an owner-operator pulling for Soo. After a time with Soo, he moved over to Prairie Pacific Transport, an Edmonton, AB, based general freight carrier that operated between Alberta and the British Columbia West Coast.

At some point during this time period Jim started up his own operation under the name of Eager Truck Lines, but little is known of that venture. However, it is assumed it was started after he left Prairie Pacific, as his tenure at Prairie would have given him West Coast contacts. In any case, it is known that Eager operated between Alberta, BC, and possibly Saskatchewan. Although it is not known what became of Eager, it appears to have been in operation for just a short period.

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