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35,000 miles of scenic highway routes

Slate ran this article today from “The Vault,” its associated history blog. It details the history of Pacific Greyhound Lines, the company that eventually became Greyhound. This map is from 1935:

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I was struck by the amount of routes covering Minnesota — all the way up to Thunder Bay makes sense, but no other state other than Ohio seems to have the saturation that Minnesota does. What gives?

It turns out that the intercity bus idea has its home in Hibbing. Gary Belsky outlines the history of Greyhound here, from its origins in Hibbing (as the “Snoose Line” — yes, that snoose) to its expansion across the country. Greyhound’s headquarters were in Duluth until 1930, when it relocated to Chicago.

File under stuff you probably knew, but I didn’t.

2 Comments

TimK

about 3 years ago

The Greyhound Bus Museum is in Hibbing. Its website is painfully out of date.

Herzog

about 3 years ago

I don't know why they stopped at the Montana border but I'd give a solid left nut to go back to 1935 and find out!

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