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Christopher McCandless' Abandoned "Magic Bus"

Alaska USA

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“Into The Wild”

The bus no longer resids at this location. It was moved in mid 2020. Fairbanks City Transit System Bus 142 is an abandoned 1946 International Harvester K-5 that is parked in a clearing along the Stampede Trail near Denali National Park. It was originally one of three buses used by the Yutan Construction Company to transport the construction crew from Fairbanks to the work site in 1961. The bus's engine was removed and it was instead towed by D8 Cats. Eventually, its axle broke which caused the crew to leave it where it now serves as a backcountry shelter for hunters, trappers and ranger patrols. The bus gained notoriety in January 1993 when Outside magazine published an article written by Jon Krakauer titled "Death of an Innocent" describing the death of Christopher McCandless, an American hitchhiker who lived in the bus during the summer of 1992 while attempting to survive off the Alaskan wilderness only to die of starvation four months later. In recent years, the bus, also known as the "Magic Bus" according to McCandless's writings, has seen a pilgrimage of visitors seeking where McCandless perished. The 2007 film version of Jon Krakauer's 1996 book about McCandless, Into the Wild, has revived interest in the bus.

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August 21, 2018
Rated 1.0

Please, for the love of God, do NOT seek out this bus. People have to be rescued every year and it is a huge waste of time, money, and life every time. Go see the replica.

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