ANCHORAGE, Alaska — A notorious bus seems headed to another house in a museum in Fairbanks after being eliminated from Alaska’s backcountry to dissuade individuals from creating dangerous, sometimes fatal treks to see the website where a young guy recorded his death in 1992.
“Of the numerous expressions of interest from the bus, the proposition by the UA Museum of the North best fulfilled the terms we in DNR had established to make sure this historic and cultural item is going to be kept in a secure place at which the people could experience it entirely, yet safely and safely, and with no specter of profiteering,” Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige said in a statement.
The bus turned into a beacon for all those wanting to retrace the steps of Christopher McCandless, who climbed into the bus in 1992. The 24-year-old Virginia guy died from starvation when he could not increase back out due to the bloated Teklanika River. He also kept a diary of his ordeal, which was detected when his body had been discovered.
Through time, people from all over the globe have traveled into the bus, situated approximately 25 miles (40 km ) in the town of Healy, to pay homage to McCandless.
Two girls have drowned at the Teklanika River on these visits into the bus, one from Switzerland in 2010 and another from Belarus nine decades after. There were 15 additional search-and-rescue assignments since 2009, say officials said, for example, five Italian tourists who had a rescue.
The draw of this bus became too much for country officials, who organized for the Alaska Army National Guard to take out the bus using a helicopter as part of a training assignment.
The prior Fairbanks town bus is occasionally referred to as Bus 142 or the Magic Bus. It was left in 1961 and became a refuge for those with the backcountry to recreate or search.
The section received dozens of ideas for use of the bus which came from people, museums, and associations nationally, with varying strategies to conserve, display, decorate or memorialize it, Feige said.
The department decided to think about the university’s proposal, which had many benefits. It is only one of three official state repositories, and also the only one from the Fairbanks region able to take and curate state-owned ancient products. The memorial also has the team to reestablish, curate and exhibit the bus.
This proposal also permits the Department of Natural Resources to keep ownership of their bus and select prospective applications, such as whether to give it out for display and where.
“I feel that giving Bus 142 a long-term house in Fairbanks in the UA Museum of the North will help conserve and tell the tales of all of these folks,” Feige said. “It may honor each the dreams and lives, in addition to the deaths and sorrows related to the bus, and do this with dignity and respect.”
The department expects to sign closing paperwork within the upcoming few months.