‘Into the Wild’ Bus Removed From Spot Where It Sat for Decades by Helicopter

June 19, 2020

The abandoned bus made famous in the book and film “Into the Wild” has been removed from where it sat for decades — by air.

The vehicle — a 1940s-era Fairbanks city bus — was removed by helicopter from its spot on the Stampede Trail, according to a press release from the Alaska Department of Natural Resources.

The decision to remove the bus was made out of concern of public safety.

“After studying the issue closely, prioritizing public safety and considering a variety of alternatives, we decided it was best to remove the bus from its location on the Stampede Trail,” said Commissioner Corri A. Feige.

into the wild bus
Photo credit Alaska Department of Natural Resources

“We’re fortunate the Alaska Army National Guard could do the job as a training mission to practice airlifting vehicles, at no cost to the public or additional cost to the State.”

Known as “Bus 142” or the “Into the Wild bus,” the automobile was initially used to house employees during the construction of a pioneer access road near the Stampede Trail.

The bus was abandoned upon completion of the road in 1961, and has been used since as an emergency shelter.

The bus became known since its inclusion in the film and book “Into the Wild,” based on the story of the 24-year-old traveler Christopher McCandless who died alone on the bus after a 114-day stay.

into the wild bus
Photo credit Alaska Department of Natural Resources

The film’s popularity inspired many wanderers to seek the bus’ location, leading many to die, become injured or require search-and-rescue services.

Since 2010, two individuals drowned on their way to or from the abandoned bus, leading many to call for a safeguard to the hazard.

For the time being, the bus will be safely secured while authorities decide on a permanent location.

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