The infamous “Into the Wild” bus was airlifted Thursday from Stampede T`rail, the Alaska Army National Guard announced. The bus will be stored at a secure site while the Alaska Department of Natural Resources considers options for its permanent location.
The effort, which removed the 1940s-era bus, was coordinated with the Department of Natural Resources, according to a news release from the Aslaka National Guard.
“After studying the issue closely, weighing many factors and considering a variety of alternatives, we decided it was best to remove the bus from its location on the Stampede Trail,” said Commissioner for the Department of Natural Resources Corri A. Feige in the release. “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.”
The abandoned vehicle that sat 25 miles west of the Parks Highway on Stampede Trail, known as “Bus 142,” or the “Magic Bus,” was popularized by John Krakauer’s 1996 book “Into the Wild,” and Sean Penn’s film adaptation in 2007.