1940s Greyhound Bus Tour of the USA in Color: “This Amazing America” ~ 1940 Greyhound Lines

Here’s another enjoyable and informative look at life in white America. Besides the beautiful sights in color, there’s an entertaining romantic story line. Very patriotic.


Published on Jul 23, 2015

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Boy and girl win a trip all around the USA by Greyhound bus. Includes many stops along the way, and singing “Coming ‘Round The Mountain” onboard.

Public domain film from the Prelinger Archives, slightly cropped to remove uneven edges, with the aspect ratio corrected, and mild video noise reduction applied.

The soundtrack was also processed with volume normalization, noise reduction, clipping reduction, and/or equalization (the resulting sound, though not perfect, is far less noisy than the original).


Greyhound Lines, Inc., usually shortened to Greyhound, is an intercity bus common carrier serving over 3,800 destinations across the United States, Canada, and Mexico. The company’s first route began in Hibbing, Minnesota in 1914, and the company adopted the name The Greyhound Corporation in 1929. Since October 2007, Greyhound has been a subsidiary of Scottish transportation company FirstGroup, but continues to be based in Dallas, Texas, where it has been headquartered since 1987. Greyhound and sister companies in FirstGroup America are the largest motorcoach operators in the US and Canada.

Along with its flagship Greyhound brand, the company also jointly operates BoltBus, the NeOn bus service and YO! Bus with other carriers…

Early years (1914-1930)

Carl Eric Wickman was born in Sweden in 1887. In 1905 he moved to the United States where he was working in a mine as a drill operator in Alice, Minnesota, until he was laid off in 1914. In the same year, he became a Hupmobile salesman in Hibbing, Minnesota. He proved unable to sell the car. In 1914, using his remaining vehicle, a 7-passenger car, he began a bus service with Andy (Bus Andy) Anderson and C.A.A. (Arvid) Heed, by transporting iron ore miners from Hibbing to Alice (known for its saloons) at 15 cents a ride.

In 1915 Wickman joined forces with Ralph Bogan, who was running a similar service from Hibbing to Duluth, Minnesota. The name of the new organization was the Mesaba Transportation Company, and it made $8,000 in profit in its first year.

By the end of World War I in 1918, Wickman owned 18 buses and was making an annual profit of $40,000. In 1922, Wickman joined forces with Orville Caesar, the owner of the Superior White Bus Lines. Four years later, Wickman purchased two West Coast operations, the Pioneer Yelloway System (the operator of the nation’s first transcontinental bus) and the Pickwick Lines, creating a national intercity bus company.

The Greyhound name had its origins in the inaugural run of a route from Superior, Wisconsin to Wausau, Wisconsin. While passing through a small town, Ed Stone, the route’s operator, saw the reflection of his 1920s era bus in a store window. The reflection reminded him of a greyhound dog, and he adopted that name for that segment of the Blue Goose Lines. The Greyhound name became popular and later applied to the entire bus network. Stone later became General Sales Manager of GM’s Yellow Truck and Coach division, which built Greyhound buses. Wickman, as the president of the company, continued to expand it so that by 1927, his buses were making transcontinental trips from California to New York. In 1928, Greyhound had a gross annual income of $6 million.

In 1929, Greyhound acquired additional interests in Southland Transportation Company, the Gray Line, and part of the Colonial Motor Coach Company to form Eastern Greyhound Lines. Greyhound also acquired an interest in Northland Transportation Company, and renamed it Northland Greyhound Lines.


By 1930 more than 100 bus lines had been consolidated into what was called the “Motor Transit Company”. Recognizing that the company needed a more memorable name, the partners of the Motor Transit Company decided to rename it after the “Greyhound” marketing phrase used by earlier bus lines…

Expansion, desegregation, and diversification (1945–1983)

Wickman retired as president of the Greyhound Corporation in 1946, being replaced by his long-time partner Orville Caesar. Wickman died at the age of 66 in 1954…

2 thoughts on “1940s Greyhound Bus Tour of the USA in Color: “This Amazing America” ~ 1940 Greyhound Lines

  1. Great stories of American can-do and entrepreneurship. Today, that same initiative is almost impossible because of gov’t/bureaucratic interference. Too bad that Greyhound has an exclusive clientele of low-lifes now. In my younger, less salad days, I took a bus a few times. Not a pleasant experience. Many decades ago, when America was mostly white, it was more pleasant. I have seen it in these videos and old TV and movies.

  2. That was a hoot. I watched the entire video. The scenery & music was great. Nostalgia can surely pull at your heart strings.

    Thankfully, there was a travel-info-addict on board who gave us mini-educations at every stop & then some. (I had an old/older friend who loved travel more than anything — especially via “all-in-one” cruise ships — & all she did was read travel-books all the time. She knew something about every place under the sun. She & the Professor could have been a match, lol. She became a part-time travel agent so she & her family & large groups she would gather together, could get dirt cheap cruise prices. Smart thinking!)

    I’ve never been fond of women with little girl voices, so I’m not sure how “Shirley Temple” finally won over the Professor but, boy was it FAST when he “realized” he was in love, lol! I was beginning to worry he was an early version of today’s beta-boys.

    The Greyhound history story in the post was very interesting. Simple ingenuity. Fifteen cents a ride! The founder died too young, only 66.

    All so sad! Sob-A-Tear for Greyhound, for open spaces & scenery that is now cluttered with buildings & concrete, for “normal” looking/acting/dressed people who have turned into freaks, for men/women “innocent love” that is no more…

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