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"Into The Wild" bus at 49th State Brewery

Just outside of the Denali Park is the 49th State Brewery, which is a must stop for beer and food with a great atmosphere on it's own. A full restaurant and sprawling beer garden with a certain piece of movie history.


If you have ever heard of the story of Christopher Johnson McCandless, the you will know of bus 142, the Magic Bus. The story was made famous by Jon Krakauer in his 1997 book titled "Into The Wild". In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. Four months later, his decomposed body was found by a moose hunter. This is the unforgettable story of how Christopher Johnson McCandless came to die. In 2007, Sean Penn directed the movie in the same name. The story is that Sean Penn didn't want to drag his crew into the forest to the location of the real bus 142, so he had another one created for the movie. The original bus 142 has been removed and taken to the University of Alaska in Fairbanks, but you can see the movie prop right here at the 49th State Brewery!


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