Now they want to build a bridge, at the cost of how many million dollars, plus annual maintenance for upkeep. The easiest thing would be to haul the bus out to a more accessible spot where the trekkers don't have to cross the swift Teklanika River. They used to haul in mining equipment, that was the original purpose of the Stampede trail. Why would they want to go the expense of a bridge rather than getting a small dozer and sledge to haul it out in the winter when the ground's frozen? Inconceivable!
I visited the area in the 70's before any of this happened. A friend wanted to run his dog team into the area to look at some state land that was open to entry for a homesteading program. Since I was getting into back country skiing, I tagged along. We camped near the bus and checked it out while we were there. Nothing special, just an old city bus that someone had hauled in for a hunting shelter. It had a wood stove, some cots, and a table and chairs. Kind of rough, but usable in a pinch. Now a days, it's apparently been stripped of most of the furnishings and the windows are mostly broken. Seems like a sad reminder of someone's wasted life.