This is a short history of a small trucking company that operated mostly in Kentucky and southern Ohio called Huey Motor Express. When Walter Ryle Huey of Florence, Kentucky applied for a certificate with the ICC in November 1935, he had already been hauling between Williamson, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio since 1930. They company had already been growing prior to receiving ICC authority with additional Kentucky permits and two small acquisitions.
In 1933 the rights of Markesbery Express were acquired between Cincinnati and Carrollton, Kentucky via Florence, Kentucky over US Highways 42 and 25. Markesbery had just received these rights a year before.In 1934 the company commenced operations between Carrollton and Louisville, Kentucky over US Hwy 42 after acquiring the rights from Haines Express. On August 12, 1935 the state of Kentucky granted a permit to haul freight between Williamson, Kentucky and Cincinnati, Ohio via Dry Ridge, Walton, Florence and Covington, and another route between Walton to Cincinnati through Boone and Kenton counties.
On May 19, 1937 the Interstate Commerce Commission granted authority between Cincinnati, Ohio and the Kentucky cities of Louisville and Williamson, providing service to all intermediate points. A year later, additional ICC authority was granted between Owenton and Williamstown, Kentucky.
In April 1940 Huey Motor Express expanded again with more authority. This time the firm could operate between Louisville, Ashland, Catlettsburg and the West Virginia state line via US Hwy 60. The new authority was restricted not to accept any freight between Louisville and Mount Sterling, or to transport any freight in the Cincinnati area for Louisville, Mount Sterling or intermediate points.
By 1942 Huey had a terminal in Louisville at 823 South 1sr Street and by 1947 a terminal in Cincinnati at 1040 Flint Street.
In December 1970, Lee Way Motor Freight received temporary authority to acquire Huey Motor Express, thus expanding Lee Way into southern Ohio, southeast Indiana and northern Kentucky.