An notorious bus seems headed to a new home at a museum in Fairbanks after being eliminated from Alaska’s backcountry to discourage folks from making harmful, generally lethal treks to go to the web site the place a younger man documented his demise in 1992.
The state Department of Natural Resources mentioned Thursday that it intends to barter with the University of Alaska’s Museum of the North to show the bus, which was popularised by the e-book “Into the Wild” and a film of the similar title and flown from its location close to Denali National Park and Preserve final month.
“Of the many expressions of interest in the bus, the proposal from the UA Museum of the North best met the conditions we at DNR had established to ensure this historical and cultural object will be preserved in a safe location where the public could experience it fully, yet safely and respectfully, and without the specter of profiteering,” Natural Resources Commissioner Corri Feige mentioned in a assertion.
The bus turned a beacon for these wishing to retrace the steps of Christopher McCandless, who hiked to the bus in 1992. The 24-year-old Virginia man died from hunger when he couldn’t hike again out due to the swollen Teklanika River. He stored a journal of his ordeal, which was found when his physique was discovered.
McCandless’ story turned well-known with writer Jon Krakauer’s 1996 e-book “Into the Wild,” adopted 9 years later by director Sean Penn’s film of the similar title.
Over the years, folks from round the world have traveled to the bus, situated about 25 miles (40 kilometers) from the city of Healy, to pay homage to McCandless.
Two girls have drowned in the Teklanika River on such visits to the bus, one from Switzerland in 2010 and the different from Belarus 9 years later. There have been 15 different search-and-rescue missions since 2009, state officers mentioned, together with 5 Italian vacationers who wanted rescue final winter. One had extreme frostbite.
The draw of the bus turned an excessive amount of for state officers, who organized for the Alaska Army National Guard to take away the bus with a helicopter final month as a part of a coaching mission.
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