Don and John Mueller are brothers who share a deep love of the history of America’s oldest national park and a love of the old buses that used to tour it in the years before World War II.
KTVQ reports in the years before the war, Yellowstone had a fleet of more than 100 bright yellow buses made by White Motors for tourists to cruise the park in comfort and enjoy the scenery. Over they years the fell out of favor and ended up in various states of disrepair around they area before Buses of Yellowstone Preservation Trust stepped in, hunted down and recovered 4 before restoring them to their original glory:
“We started beating the bushes for buses that were sitting on barns and farms, and some people would start to contact us, and we gathered vehicles that way.”
One of the buses had been stored in a barn for close to 45 years. Even though it’s hard to believe, it started right up after putting in new oil, gas, and battery.
“We dropped the oil out of it, and it looked like it had just been taken out of the can.”
You can also book a ride up the Beartooth Highway in one, albeit a slow ride. Top speed 32 mph and they cruise comfortably at about 17:
“We don’t measure miles per gallon, but smiles per gallon. I just think this is an important part of our history our local history and our national history and we are just delighted to be able to display it to the public.”
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