Hello friends! We have good news. Funds for the outdoor shelter that will house Bus 142 have been raised. This generous $125,000 donation came from the Christopher Johnson McCandless Memorial Foundation, founded by Chris’s parents long ago. His sister & Friends Of Bus 142 founder, Carine McCandless, facilitated discussions between museum staff and the CJMMF
New Article and Podcast from Outside Magazine Thirty years after Jon Krakauer’s “Death of an Innocent” article was published in Outside, the magazine went back to Alaska, this time sending journalist Eva Holland to continue the seemingly timeless story of Chris McCandless and examine why Bus 142 has become a historic relic being so carefully
Photo Credit: Amy Chausse As summer came to a close in Fairbanks, Alaska, so did the conservation work to preserve Bus 142 in preparation for its future exhibit. In early October, 2023, the bus was escorted to an undisclosed storage facility, where it will be cared for until the outdoor shelter has been completed within
Hello Friends of Bus 142 – Here’s the latest update! Hands-on work to prepare Bus 142 for its future outdoor exhibit is continuing. You can watch the Bus 142 live stream at: https://tinyurl.com/tckrwftw LIVE STREAM NO LONGER AVAILABLE The museum has told us that typical work hours will be Monday-Friday, 8am – 4pm Alaska time.
A grant of $500,000 has been awarded to the University of Alaska
Museum of the North to complete the necessary conservation work to prepare Bus 142
for its permanent public exhibit. The funds were awarded from the Institute of Museum
and Library Services as part of the “Save America’s Treasures” grant.
Dear Chief Brown,
Thank you for considering the Bus 142 conservation project as a grant recipient. As the sister of Chris McCandless, the reasons for my interest in seeing the bus preserved might seem obvious, but they reach far beyond a personal connection.
CONTACT: Marmian Grimes, firstname.lastname@example.org Bus 142 is back in the public eye. On Wednesday afternoon, the University of Alaska Museum of the North moved the 1940s-era bus, made famous by Jon Krakauer’s book “Into the Wild” and the 2007 film of the same name, to the university’s engineering building in Fairbanks. It will spend the
Hello Friends of Bus 142, I am the last person to have journeyed into the wild to see the magic bus. I struggle with that statement, because I considered the way I got to the bus to be very much a cheat, as I helicoptered the entire way in. I’d had no original intention of
By now you are probably aware that on June 18th, 2020, the Alaska Dept. of Natural Resources had Bus 142 removed from its sixty year residence on the Stampede Trail. I know that many of us are saddened by this news. Some feel angry. I was certainly shocked when the Alaska DNR Commissioner called…
The 1940s-era bus made famous by the book and film “Into the Wild” arrived in Fairbanks this week so that staff at the University of Alaska Museum of the North can begin conservation work. The former Fairbanks city bus—known as Bus 142—will eventually be displayed by the museum. The Alaska Department of Natural Resources earlier this year removed the bus…