The History of Blue Beacon

About our Founder

Charlie Walker was born on May 27, 1932. He grew up in Salina, KS, the oldest in a family that moved frequently due to financial circumstances. Charlie dropped out of school after the ninth grade and made his way to Colorado to work in a steel mill. He went on to serve proudly in the United States Air Force.


Charlie started two companies that used truck-mounted equipment to provide mobile cleaning solutions. In his travels across North America selling the cleaning equipment, Charlie recognized a need for high quality, professional truck washes and car washes.


The first Blue Beacon Truck Wash opened in Salina, Kansas, in 1973. Blue Beacon was an instant hit with truck drivers and Charlie immediately began adding new locations.


Using industry-leading methods developed and refined by Blue Beacon Truck Washes, Charlie opened the first Green Lantern Car Wash in 1981.  In 2018 Green Lantern was renamed Charlie’s Car Wash in honor of Charlie.


Today our company is expanding. Our family of employees, which includes Charlie’s children and grandchildren, strives to continue Charlie’s mission of providing the highest quality washes with exceptional, friendly service.