Six weeks after the famous Into the Wild bus was flown out of the Alaskan wilderness by helicopter, the state's Department of Natural Resources (DNR) announced it would move the vehicle to the Alaska Museum in Fairbanks. This allows tourists to visit the bus without having to travel a dangerous route.
Known as Bus 142 or 'Magic Bus', the bus has been a popular yet dangerous pilgrimage for those who - inspired by the story of Into the Wild - wanted to visit the bus. The trip killed two travelers (in 2010 and 2019) and at least fifteen others had to be saved. The bus was removed in June to avoid future tragedies.
The DNR received "many expressions of interest" for the bus, but ultimately chose the Fairbanks museum because it best met the conditions set by the DNR "to ensure that this historical and cultural object is preserved in a safe location where the public can experience it fully, but safely and respectfully, and without the specter of profit, "said Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige.
Into the Wild is about the American Christopher McCandless, who went wild in 1992 after a trip through the United States. McCandless, then 24, wanted to spend some time in the wild "getting to know the depths of himself" but eventually died on the bus, where he spent 114 days. He kept a journal of his ordeal. The diary was used by author Jon Krakauer for the 1996 book Into the Wild , which was made into a film by Sean Penn in 2007.
Alaska takes world-famous bus Into the Wild away from wilderness