Farewell to Buses

Photo by Jim Diers, September 2018

Some longtime residents have fond memories of the buses, reminding them of their younger selves taking exciting trips to the city. Many are drawn to the vintage design of the rounded chassis, lights and bumpers.

Where are the buses going?

Why can’t they be restored?

The Friends of Mukai have been working for over two years to find a home for the buses, checking with a number of vehicle collectors, Vashon community members, contacting the Metro museum, and even offering them as a charity donation to radio stations.

There have been no takers.

The buses are too decayed and beyond repair. As the Mukai Farm & Garden has attracted more visitors, the buses are a safety hazard and liability. The sheds where they sit, sway backed and with holes in their floor, have begun to fall. A near final collapse came from the recent snows.

The Mukai Farm & Garden earned national historic landmark designation, thanks to the work and determination of the Vashon community. The buses never belonged to the Mukai family and are not part of the Mukai story or property. They do not meet the historic landmark standards which we must adhere to. For insurance and liability purposes, we’ve been told that they have to go.

When they are removed to a salvage yard in Kitsap County, thanks to a willing hauler, the sheds will be torn down. That area will be part of the next stage for Mukai Farm & Garden: revitalizing the Barreling Plant as a community resource and gathering place for new memories.

Come on March 10th at 11:30 for the final farewells, and add your stories to the scrapbook. We will thank the buses for their years of service, safe trips and the part they played in island life.

*Click here to read the history about Whistling Bus Driver, Harlan Rosford.