INTERCITY BUS ROUTES - HISTORY

MISSOURI

Several Greyhound and Trailways companies served Missouri. Overland 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

 24      8400  Quincy IL-Hannibal        SFT(T)        Blue Motor C.    1933 SKS
 24            Hannibal-Moberly          SFT(T)        Blue Motor C.    1933 SKS
 24      3774  Moberly-Carrollton        SFT(T)        Blue Motor C.    1933 SKS
 24            Carrollton-Kansas City    SFT(T)        Blue Motor C.    1933 SKS
 24            Waverly-Kansas City       MOP(T)
 24       572  Waverly-Kansas City       SWGL
 36      8400  Hannibal-Cameron          SFT(T)
 36      3735  Cameron-St. Joseph        SFT(T)
 40  360  572  St. Louis-Kansas City     SWGL    1926  Purple Swan      1928 PIG
 50      8362  St. Louis-Kansas City     MOP(T)        Capitol State L  1929 MOP
 54            Louisiana-Mexico MO       SWGL    1934  ---------------  1934 SWGL
 54      3776  Mexico MO-Kingdom City    SWGL    1934  ---------------  1934 SWGL
 54      3776  Kingdom C.-Jefferson C.   SWGL          Yelloway         1929 PIG
 54      3773  Jefferson City-Camdenton  MOP(T)        Missouri Coach   1932 MOP
 54            Nevada-Fort Scott KS            South Central Stages
 59      3739A St. Joseph-Atchison       MOP(T)        Cardinal Stage   1929 MOP
 60      3554  Cairo IL-Poplar Bluff     MOP(T)        Scofield MC      1928 MOP
 60      3554  Poplar Bluff-Willow Spr.        Frisco Transportation Co.
 60      8365  Cabool-Springfield        ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 MAC
 60      8431  Springfield MO-Monett     OZT(T)
 61 7095 8387  Keokuk-Troy               BTC(T)  1930  M. C. Foster     1943 BTC
 61 7095 8387  Troy-St. Louis            BTC(T)  1925  M. C. Foster     1943 BTC
 61  260 3709  St. Louis-Cape Girardeau        St. Louis-Cape Bus Line
 61  260  395  Cape Girardeau-Sikeston   DGL           Southeast Mo.    1928 PIG
 61  260  395  Sikeston-Blytheville AR   DGL     1928  ---------------  1928 PIG
 62            Sikeston-Piggott AR             Great Southern Coaches
 63      3773  Ottumwa IA-Jefferson City       Missouri Transit Co.
 63      3773  Jefferson City-Rolla      ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 ABI
 63      3707  Rolla-Licking             ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 ABI
 63      8404  Licking-Cabool            ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 ABI
 63      8365  Cabool-Thayer             ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 MAC
 65            Waverly-Marshall          MOP(T)
 65            Princeton-Springfield           South Central Stages
 65      3710  Springfield-Harrison AR         Sunnyland Stages
 66  470  576  St. Louis-Joplin          SWGL    1927  Pickwick Stages  1929 PIG
 66      7800  St. Louis-Joplin          ABI(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 ABI
 67  260  395  St. Louis-Fredericktown   DGL           Southeast Mo.    1928 PIG
 67  260 8353  St. Louis-Flat River      MOP(T)        Brown Bus Line   1929 MOP
 67  260 8353  Flat River-Corning        MOP(T)  1929  ---------------  1929 MOP
 69  750  751  Bethany-Kansas City             Jefferson Transportation Co.
  I            EXCELSIOR SP.-KANSAS C.       1913-1933  KC CLAY & STJ
 69            Excelsior Sp.-Kansas C.   OGL           KC Clay & St. J  1934 ITL
 71      8365  Clarinda-St. Joseph       BTC(T)  1930  ---------------  1930 BTC
 71  753  751  Kansas City-Neosho              Crown Coach Co./Jefferson Trans.
136            Keokuk IA-Lancaster             Kirksville Bus Co.
136            Bethany-Maryville               North Missouri Stage Lines
160            Poplar Bluff-Doniphan           Burford Bus Line
160       757  Springfield-Greenfield          Crown Coach Co./Jefferson Trans.
160            Greenfield-Joplin               Crown Coach Co.
169            Albany-St. Joseph               Jefferson Transportation Co.
  I            ST. JOSEPH-KANSAS CITY        1913-1933  KC CLAY & STJ
169  751  561  St. Joseph-Kansas City    OGL           KC Clay & St. J  1934 ITL
412            Caruthersville-Kennett          Frisco Transportation Co.
  S       561  St. Joseph-Kansas City    OGL     1925  ---------------  1923 ITL
  S       395  Fredericktown-Cape Gir.   DGL           Southeast Mo.    1928 PIG
  S            Camdenton-Lebanon         MOP(T)        Missouri Coach   1932 MOP
  S            Leon IA-Albany            BTC(T)
  S      8365  St. Joseph-Kansas City    BTC(T)  1935  ---------------  1935 BTC
  S      8365  Warrensburg-Springfield   ABI(T)        Mo.-Ark. Coach   1945 MAC
  S      8400  Cameron-Kansas City       SFT(T)
  S      8402  Joplin-Gateway AR         SFT(T)
  S      8428  Joplin-Seneca             SFT(T)
  S            Joplin-Pittsburg KS       SFT(T)


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
3554       Tri-State Bus Lines
3707       Williams Bus Lines
3735-3739  Trenton-St. Joseph Coaches
3773-3775  Missouri Transit
3776       C&H Transit
7095-7098  Burlington Trailways (new company)



GREYHOUND BUS COMPANIES

Dixie Greyhound Lines (DGL) - incorporated 1931, consolidated 1954 into Southeastern Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1960 into Southern Division of Greyhound. Upon formation assumed operation of several routes from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound.

Overland Greyhound Lines (OGL) - incorporated 1952, acquiring Union Pacific Stages and Interstate Transit Lines (ITL). Interstate Transit Lines had been incorporated in 1921, and was acquired in 1929 by Union Pacific Railroad and Chicago & North Western Railroad as a joint bus subsidiary. And Union Pacific Stages had been formed in formed in 1927 as a bus subsidiary of Union Pacific Railroad. In 1943, both railroad subsidiaries began operating under name Overland Greyhound Lines. Consolidated 1956 into Northland Greyhound Lines, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of Greyhound.

Southwestern Greyhound Lines (SWGL) - incorporated 1933 as merger of Western Greyhound Lines and two other companies, consolidated 1960 into Central Division of Greyhound. Western Greyhound Lines had been renamed in 1932 from Pickwick-Greyhound Lines (PIG), which had been formed in 1928 as a company jointly owned by Pickwick Stages and Greyhound, and fully owned by Greyhound in 1932. Pickwick Stages had been incorporated in 1912.


TRAILWAYS BUS COMPANIES

American Buslines (ABI) - incorporated 1935 as All American Bus Lines, renamed 1946 to American Buslines and joined Trailways, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Burlington Transportation Co./Burlington Trailways (BTC) - formed 1929 as bus subsidiary of Chicago Burlington & Quincy Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1946 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri-Arkansas Coach/Missouri-Arkansas Trailways (MAC) - in 1938 joined Trailways, sold 1945 to American Buslines, sold 1953 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Missouri Pacific Bus Lines/Missouri Pacific Trailways (MOP) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Missouri Pacific Railroad, in 1936 joined Trailways, in 1948 resumed independent operation, sold 1957 to Midwest Bus Lines which was a Trailways member, sold 1960 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.

Ozark Trails/Ozark Trailways (OZT) - 1945-1951 was a Trailways member, sold 1951 to Des Moines Springfield & Southern.

Santa Fe Trail Transportation/Santa Fe Trailways (SFT) - formed 1928 as bus subsidiary of Santa Fe Railway, in 1935 acquired Southern Kansas Stage Lines (SKS), in 1936 joined Trailways, sold 1948 to Transcontinental Bus System/Continental Trailways.


INDEPENDENT BUS COMPANIES

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


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