INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

MINNESOTA

Northland Greyhound Lines was the most significant bus company in Minnesota, while Trailways had no presence. Northland Greyhound Lines was affiliated with the Great Northern Railroad, the most significant railroad operating in the state. Northland Greyhound Lines also eventually acquired a former Interurban Railway which had earlier replaced its trains with buses, indicated in CAPITAL LETTERS.


1976 MAP

Color coded map shows intercity bus routes in existence in 1976.

Blue indicates Greyhound, red indicates Trailways. Additional colors indicate significant independent bus companies, and are identified with labels. Black indicates smaller independent companies.

Thin blue or red lines indicate routes which were once part of Greyhound or Trailways, but later transferred to independent bus companies.




US    2005/1976     Cities    Greyhound or   Year     Original   Year     Consol-
Hwy.  Russell's     Served    Trailways      Intro-   Company    Consol-  idated
No.   Guide                   Company or     duced               idated   Company
      Table                   Division

  2       913  Duluth-Bemidji            NGL     1924  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
  2  765  913  Bemidji-Grand Forks ND          Triangle Transportation Co.
 10  765  512  Minneapolis-St. Cloud     NGL     1921  Red Line Bus     1925 NTC
 10  765  512  St. Cloud-Little Falls    NGL     1922  Red Line Bus     1925 NTC
 10       512  Little Falls-Fargo        NGL     1925  Red Line Bus     1925 NTC
 12  764  537  Minneapolis-Willmar       NGL     1923  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
 12       537  Willmar-Benson            NGL
 12       537  Benson-Ortonville         NGL     1941  ---------------  1941 NGL
 14  758  523  Winona-Rochester          NGL           Van Tassel Bus   1928 RRT
 14       523  Rochester-Owatonna        NGL           Van Tassel Bus   1928 RRT
 14       523  Owatonna-Mankato          NGL     1928  ---------------  1928 RRT
 14       874  Mankato-New Ulm           NGL
 14       874  New Ulm-Tracy             NGL     1924  Mpls.-New Ulm    1926 NTC
 14       874  Tracy-Brookings SD        NGL     1928  ---------------  1928 NGL
 16            Spring Valley-Austin            Jefferson Transportation Co.
 16  762  754  Austin-Albert Lea               Jefferson Transportation Co.
 16       535  Blue Earth-Fairmont       NGL     1925  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
 16  762  873  Albert Lea-Fairmont             Southwestern Stages/Midwest Coaches
 16  757  873  Fairmont-Sioux Falls SD         Southwestern Stages/Midwest Coaches
 52       754  Rochester-Minneapolis           Jefferson Transportation Co.
 52  304  512  Minneapolis-St. Cloud     NGL     1921  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
 52  304  512  St. Cloud-Melrose         NGL     1922  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
 52  304  512  Melrose-Fargo             NGL     1923  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
 53       940  Int. Falls-Virginia             Northern Transportation Co.
  I            VIRGINIA-GILBERT              1913-1927  MESABA ELECTRIC
 53       940  Virginia-Duluth           NGL     1919  Mesaba Trans.    1927 NTC
 59            Thief R. F.-Detroit L.          Triangle Transportation Co.
 59            Detroit L.-Fergus Falls         Elliott Transportation Co.
 59       537  Fergus Falls-Elbow Lake   NGL
 59       537  Elbow Lake-Morris         NGL     1933  ---------------  1933 NGL
 59            Montevideo-Worthington          Mercury Cross Lines
 59       874  Tracy-Slayton             NGL     1930  ---------------  1930 NGL
  C       940A Thunder Bay-Pigeon River  NGL     1924  White Bus Lines  1924 NTC
 61       940A Pigeon River-Gr. Marais   NGL     1924  White Bus Lines  1924 NTC
 61       940A Grand Marais-Duluth       NGL     1920  White Bus Lines  1924 NTC
 61  340  545  Duluth-Minneapolis        NGL     1922  Gopher Transp.   1924 NTC
 61       524  Minneapolis-Lake City     NGL     1923  Terminal MB      1926 RRT
 61       524  Lake City-Winona          NGL     1924  Terminal MB      1926 RRT
 61  758  523  Winona-La Crosse          NGL     1925  Terminal MB      1926 RRT
 63       920  Rochester-Spring Valley         Jefferson Trans./Scenic Hawkeye
 65            Mora-Minneapolis          NGL           Interstate Tr.   1925 NTC
 65  750  751  Minneapolis-Albert Lea          Jefferson Transportation Co.
 71            Int. Falls-Bemidji              Northern Transportation Co.
 71            Bemidji-Park Rapids       NGL     1924  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
 71       514  Park Rapids-Sauk Centre   NGL     1924  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
 71            Willmar-Morton                       CL
 71            Sandborn-Windom                 Mercury Cross Lines
 71            Windom-Jackson                  Southwestern Stages
  C       513  Winnipeg-Noyes            NGL     1935  ---------------  1935 NGL
 75       513  Noyes-Crookston           NGL     1935  ---------------  1935 NGL
 75       914  Crookston-Fargo           NGL     1935  ---------------  1935 NGL
 75  751  890  Fargo-Ortonville                Jack Rabbit Lines
 75       890  Ortonville-Pipestone            Jack Rabbit Lines
169       940  Ely-Virginia              NGL     1920  White Bus Lines  1924 NTC
  I            VIRGINIA-HIBBING              1913-1927  MESABA ELECTRIC
169       940  Virginia-Hibbing          NGL     1919  Mesaba Trans.    1927 NTC
169       540  Hibbing-Grand Rapids MN   NGL     1915  Mesaba Trans.    1927 NTC
169       540  Grand Rapids MN-Aitkin    NGL     1923  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
169       540  Aitkin-Milaca             NGL     1922  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
169       540  Milaca-Minneapolis        NGL     1919  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
169  757  535  Minneapolis-Mankato       NGL     1924  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
210       940B Duluth-Cloquet            NGL     1920  White Bus Lines  1924 NTC
210       940B Cloquet-Motley            NGL     1922  Green Trans.?    1925 NTC
212       958  Minneapolis-Olivia        NGL     1923  Interstate Tr.   1925 NTC
212       958  Olivia-Montevideo         NGL     1928  ---------------  1928 NGL
212       958  Montevideo-Madison MN     NGL     1923  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
212       958  Madison MN-Watertown SD   NGL     1928  ---------------  1928 NGL
  S  765  514  Little Falls-Brainerd     NGL     1918  Red Line Bus     1925 NTC
  S  765  514  Brainerd-Bemidji          NGL     1924  Jefferson Hwy.   1925 NTC
  S  757  535  Mankato-Fairmont          NGL     1925  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
  S       537  Benson-Morris             NGL
  S       874  Slayton-Luverne           NGL     1930  ---------------  1930 NGL
  S       956  Minneapolis-Marshall      NGL     1923  Interstate Tr.   1925 NTC
  S       956  Marshall-Canby            NGL
  S       959A Minneapolis-Webster WI    NGL     1926  ---------------  1926 NTC
  S            Willmar-Montevideo        NGL     1923  Boulevard Tr.    1925 NTC
  S            Ellsworth-Minneapolis     NGL     1926  Mohawk Stage     1926 RRT
  S            Minneapolis-Hutchinson    NGL     1946  ---------------  1946 NGL
  S            Winthrop-New Ulm          NGL     1924  Mpls.-New Ulm    1926 NTC


Russell's Guide Table Numbers

Greyhound tables had numbers below 700, while Trailways tables had numbers above 7000. Table numbers in between were independent bus companies. Although Greyhound Lines of Canada, not covered here, had tables numbered in the low 700's.

Where no table number is indicated, service had been discontinued by then.

Further clues on Greyhound or Trailways affiliations are the presence of a "G" or a "T" in a company abbreviation. Trailways company abbreviations are followed by a "(T)". While abbreviations of certain Greyhound companies not obviously "Greyhound" in name are followed by a "(G)".

Over the years, certain Greyhound or Trailways or other routes were sold to the following independent bus companies, identified by the following Russell's Guide table numbers.



749-767  Jefferson Lines
874      Midwest Coaches
913      Triangle Transportation Co.
914      Doyle Transit Co.
940's    Northern Transportation Co.
956-959  Zephyr Lines



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Northland Greyhound Lines (NGL) - incorporated 1929, acquiring Northland Transportation Co. (NTC) which had been incorporated in 1924, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound. In 1936 acquired Northland Greyhound Lines of Illinois, which had been incorporated in 1925 as Royal Rapid Transit Co. (RRT).


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

Maps and further information on the significant independent bus companies, serving Minnesota.


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