They’ve been in films, on television, and have become a memorable part of the American fabric. Buses are, without question, fixtures of modern Americana. Here we describe a few of the most famous buses in American history.

The Freedom Riders’ Bus

In defiance of the Jim Crow laws, and at a time when courage was necessary to quell unjustifiable acts of discrimination, a group of 13 students of different races traveled together on Trailways and Greyhound buses headed to New Orleans in 1960. At the time the Supreme Court had ruled in favor of desegregation, and although the Freedom Riders, as this group of nonviolent protestors came to be called, was met by adversity for their counteracts, they inspired hundreds of southern passengers to join their fight for human rights.

The Magic School Bus

The Magic School Bus was an educational children’s series of the 90s. At the steering wheel was the zany but brainy travel extraordinaire Ms. Frizzle, a red-headed teacher who led her students on adventures in a bright yellow blinky-eyed bus capable of transforming into everything from a rocket ship to an underwater fish.

The Partridge Family Bus

The creators of The Partridge Family made a novel proposal when they suggested that the family’s bus be painted in the style of Piet Mondrian rather than the traditional yellow. The iconic tour bus became an iconic novelty of the 70s, and one of the most memorable tour buses of its time as fans of the show got to watch every week as the musical pop act learned to balance suburban family life with the ups and downs of show business.

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