Project Updates and News

Bus 142 and the stories associated with the project have followers all over the world. Learn about the latest project updates and news stories featuring the bus project.


Inside the Conservation of the "Into the Wild" 1946 International Harvester K-5 bus

By Daniel Strohl
February 3, 2023

"We're treating it as a relic more than as a vehicle," Brian Howard said of the preservation of Bus 142, the 1946 International Harvester K-5 better known as the "Into the Wild" bus. "It's gone way beyond what its function once was, from an automobile to a hunting camp to a quasi-religious shrine, and we're trying to maintain all of that."

Long Before the "Into the Wild" Bus Became a Tourist Deathtrap, It Was My Dad's Hunting Camp'

By Tyler Freel
November 23, 2022

STEPPING INTO THE BUS for the first time is a powerful experience. That’s not because I’m on a spiritual journey, or feeling the aura left by a man who slowly starved to death inside it. Yes, I’d read about Chris McCandless’s unfortunate demise and watched the movie. But I’ve heard more stories about this place from my dad and his brother.

Major grant to support Bus 142 conservation work

By Jeff Richardson
October 19, 2022

A $500,000 federal grant from the National Park Service and the Institute of Museum and Library Services will help the University of Alaska Museum of the North prepare Bus 142 for public exhibition during the summer of 2024.


Stampede Trail bus moves to UAF engineering building

By Marmian Grimes
October 7, 2021

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.

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The Into the Wild Bus is Gone, Long Live the Into the Wild Bus

By Adam Roy
July 22, 2021

Bus 142 spent 60 years sitting in the Alaskan backcountry and saw thousands of visitors before it ended up at the Museum of the North in Fairbanks. Now, a team of conservators, students, and volunteers faces the challenge ahead.

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'She Needs a lot of Work': Museum of the North Staff Begin Work on 'Into the Wild' Bus'

By Tim Ellis
June 11, 2021

Preliminary work began last week on a project to create a museum exhibit featuring the old bus where the central character in the book and movie "Into the Wild" spent his last days.

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Virtual Behind the Scenes: Bus 142

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June 11, 2021

Get a virtual behind the scenes tour of Bus 142 with project lead Angela Linn, the senior collections manager of Ethnology & History at the UA Museum of the North.

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Here's What's Happening to the Into the Wild Bus

By Jack Daleo
March 15, 2021

When a National Guard helicopter hauled the famous Magic Bus off of Alaska's Stampede Trail in 2020, it may have been the end of the vehicle's time as a destination for hikers. But a museum in Fairbanks is working to keep the story alive.

Writing the 'Into the Wild' bus's next chapter

By Emily Nelson
February 15, 2021

University of Iowa alumna Angela Linn, a museum professional for more than 26 years, is developing a plan to conserve, interpret, and exhibit the bus made famous by Jon Krakauer's book about Christopher McCandless.

Revisiting Into the Wild

By Ben Wright
January 22, 2021

In June 2020, controversial monuments began to come down across America... it is no surprise that the removal of another monument, near Healy, Alaska went largely unnoticed.

Jon Krakauer on the 25th Anniversary of 'Into the Wild'

By Bryan Curtis and David Shoemaker
January 14, 2021

Bryan, David, and Jon discuss the story of Christopher McCandless, the impact of 'Into the Wild' on McCandless's story, and Krakauer, and what has unfolded in the 25 years since.