21 May: Greyhound Hits The Road

When Carl Wickman started America’s first bus company on 21st May, 1914, they weren’t a bus company, and they weren’t called Greyhound – they were a commuter service for miners in Hibbing, Minnesota.

But, despite their ‘dirty dog’ reputation (and the fact they’re now owned by a British conglomerate), the company is still seen as a cornerstone of American culture, and undoubtedly the most famous bus company in the world.

In this episode, Olly, Arion and Rebecca consider the role of Hollywood in enshrining Greyhound’s exalted status in the popular imagination, speculate as to whether the development of highways killed the romance of inter-city travel, and reveal why, after the longest coach journey in the world, Father Christmas made Rebecca cry…

Further Reading:

• The ‘bus scene’ from It Happened One Night (1934):

• Mental Floss celebrate 100 years of Greyhound: 


• ‘Facts and Figures’ from Greyhound’s official website: