Rusty Old School Bus

Rusty Old School Bus

So the story about this rusty old school bus is really unknown. My son and I found it as we were walking our property one summer. It is in full view once you know where to look during the winter when the leaves are down, but it totally vanishes once the trees fill in – like they are now.

I have no idea how old it is, but I can read – just barely- on the side that it was for our county schools which is Posey County. I took this photo the other day when I was out surveying all the flooding on our property.

The property next to ours has a lake on a higher elevation than us and they’ve recently done work to it to apparently fix a leak. They succeeded I guess because with the ten inches of rain we got last weekend the water now flows over their dam and into our property and then into our lake – flooding it and the yard. Good times. My art studio is still wet and we’re in for a few more inches of rain today and tomorrow I hear!

Can’t you just imagine the sound of this old beauty humming down the gravel county road full of rambunctious screaming kids as the bus driver mans the wheel – which is missing by the way. As a matter of fact everything is pretty much missing from it that isn’t rusted on.

Now it sits quietly rusting in blackberry briars while entombed in vines and a grove of trees. Of course I’ve been inside it. What kind of explorer would I be if I hadn’t checked out the inside? I love to find old things like this. I’ve been known to drag old cool stuff home with me for display in home and/or garden. See my score on some chairs here.

The windows are all knocked out of it, many of which are shattered on the inside. There are a couple of old cans of beer and the gauges are all broken but I can still see the gas gauge on empty and the odometer in there. Seeing glimpses of the past is fascinating to me.

I have more photos of the old rusty school bus and I’ll share them one day but for now I’ll just leave you with this one.

What do you think the school bus driver’s name was? I’m thinking maybe he was a Gus.


Learn more about me on the ‘About’ page in the menu at the top. I’m an artist – a painter mostly and an avid gardener. I paint a variety of subjects including birds, koi fish, my gardens, ponds and flowers as well as anything having to do with nature especially trees and tropical scenes. I also enjoy painting abstracts and have started created more and more of them. My most favorite thing to try to achieve in my painting is is mystery.

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