Built by the Bender Body Company for touring, these buses are an iconic part of Yellowstone history. The historical Yellow Bus Tours began in Yellowstone National Park during the 1930’s to provide tours throughout the Park until the 1960’s. The Red Buses were used to tour Glacier National Park during the same time period.
Since 1996, Jackie LeFever and the crew at Bullwinkle’s Saloon and Eatery in West Yellowstone, MT have been hosting a luncheon for the annual pilgrimage of the historic Yellowstone Yellow Buses through Yellowstone National Park.
The descendants of the original owners of the tour buses bring their rigs back for a tour every year. Reminiscent of the 1930’s, the annual luncheon starts with Tomato Juice, a cup of homemade Greek Lemon Soup, Sliced Turkey with Gravy and Mashed Potatoes, Green Beans and a dessert of Homemade Apple Pie with Cheese and Ice Cream. Due to an early typo on the souvenir menus, we also continue to accompany the meal with our signature Packer House Rolls!
This year the Yellow Buses were joined by the Red Buses of Glacier National Park. Only 4 buses were able to make it this year, but we have enjoyed the company of up to 12 of these icons some summers.
Check with us later this summer for information on when the Buses will be coming back – they are a great photo opportunity (if it’s your birthday, you might get to ‘drive’ one too!).