After being removed from the park where it remained for 6 decades, the school bus carcass that appears in the film may become a museum attraction USA-BUSES-ALASKA-MUSEUM: “In the Wild” bus can be taken to Alaskan museum
07/31/2020 – 17h56 (Updated 07/31/2020 – 17h56)
The famous bus that served as the final camp for adventurer Christopher McCandless, whose story was told in the movie “In the Wild”, can be preserved as a museum piece, according to a plan by Alaskan authorities.
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The University of Alaska Museum in Fairbanks offered to house the bus, which was picked up by the state last month from where it stayed for six decades near Denali National Park.
The 1940s bus was an attraction for fans of the 1996 book “Into the Wild” and the 2007 movie “In the Wild”. Over the years, hundreds have ventured out to spend time on the abandoned bus , where McCandless stayed 114 days before starving to death in 1992.
Many who make pilgrimages to the site put themselves at risk, prompting the state to pull the bus off the trail made famous by McCandless.
Two wanderers drowned during river crossings. Others were rescued after being injured or stranded. In February, five Italian tourists, one with frozen feet, were rescued and, in April, a stranded Brazilian tourist was taken by helicopter.
The museum’s offer allows the state to remember all those who took shelter on the bus, avoiding the “profit spectrum” of the tragedy, Corri Feige, Alaska’s commissioner of natural resources, said in a statement.
“I believe that giving Bus 142 a long-term home in Fairbanks can help preserve and tell the stories of all these people,” said Feige.
See pictures of the bus pickup
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