Greyhound and Trailways did not have a significant presence in South Dakota, with only a few routes entering from neighboring states.

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

 12       537  Ortonville-Summit         NGL     1947  ---------------  1947 NGL
 12  763  537  Summit-Aberdeen           NGL     1947  ---------------  1947 NGL
 12       897  Aberdeen-Mobridge               Jack Rabbit Lines
 12            Mobridge-Miles City MT          Yellowstone Trail Short Line
 14       889  Brookings-Rapid City            Jack Rabbit Lines
 14 4682 8507  Rapid City-Spearfish      BTC(T)
 16  759  889  Sioux Falls-Mitchell            Jack Rabbit Lines
 16  759  889  Mitchell-Rapid City             Inter City Bus Line/Jack Rabbit
 16      8508  Rapid City-Newcastle WY   BTC(T)
 18       898  Bonesteel-Winner                Velder Bus Line/Randall Bus Line
 18            Winner-Hot Springs              Rosebud Line
 18      8508  Hot Springs-Lusk WY       BTC(T)        Platte Valley    1937 BTC
 77  751  890  Ortonville-Sioux Falls          Jack Rabbit Lines
 77  751  561  Sioux Falls-Sioux City    OGL     1925  Sioux Falls Tr.  1930 ITL
 81            Howard-Watertown                Jack Rabbit Lines
 81       891A Watertown-Madison               Jack Rabbit Lines
 81            Madison-Salem                   Jack Rabbit Lines
 81       896  Parker-Yankton                  Jack Rabbit Lines
 81            Yankton-Norfolk                 Inter City Bus Line
 83       946  Selby-Pierre                    Interstate Transp./NODAK Stages
 85            Bowman ND-Belle Fourche         Carter Transport
 85      8507  Belle Fourche-Deadwood    BTC(T)
212       891  Watertown-Redfield              Jack Rabbit Lines
212       895  Redfield-Gettysburg             Jack Rabbit Lines
212            Gettysburg-Newell               Jack Rabbit Lines
281       893  Jamestown ND-Wolsey             Jack Rabbit Lines
281       898  Mitchell-Bonesteel              Randall Bus Lines
385      8508  Custer SD-Hot Springs     BTC(T)        Platte Valley    1937 BTC

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
4682-4691  Powder River Transportation


Northland Greyhound Lines (NGL) - incorporated 1929, acquiring Northland Transportation Co. which had been incorporated in 1924, consolidated 1957 into Central Division of 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.


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.


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

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