Too big for Union Depot, Greyhound’s exhibit of old buses pulls into Mall of America Aug. 9

The Greyhound Bus company, which started in Hibbing and evolved into an international transportation company with its iconic coaches decorated with the speedy dogs, is celebrating its 100th year with a national touring exhibit of old buses.

It pulls into Minnesota on Aug. 9 with a display so big it won’t fit into St. Paul’s newly renovated Union Depot, the Twin Cities’ gorgeous and expensive transportation hub.

Instead, it’s going to the Mall of America, from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. (One hopes it will be on time.)

Visitors to the free exhibit can climb aboard some old-time buses, including a 1937 Supercoach, a 1948 ACF Brill, a 1968 Scenicruiser and a 1984 Americruiser.

There’ll also be a rolling museum and games and prizes.

To prepare, take a look at Greyhound’s history website. There won’t be a quiz.

You’ll learn how the company started in Hibbing, when Swedish immigrants Andrew “Bus Andy” Anderson and Carl Eric Wickman transported iron ore workers from home to work, a distance of two miles. The cost: 15 cents.

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