4 Peaks welcomes the Furthur Bus back to Bend!
“The bus was named by artist Roy Sebern, who first painted the word “Furthur”. The Furthur Bus and its passengers’ adventures were fueled by prolific psychedelic drug use. The bus is also featured prominently in Tom Wolfe’s book The Electric Kool-Aid Acid Test. The original bus’s last journey was a trip to the Woodstock Festival in 1969. Once its historic trips had come to an end it was parked on Kesey’s Farm in Oregon where it deteriorated over the decades. Kesey’s family is now in the process of restoring/raising money to restore the original bus. Ken created a second Further/Furthur in 1990.Kesey had visited New York in November 1963 with his wife and Prankster George Walker to attend the Broadway opening of One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest, and to see the 1964 New York World’s Fair site under construction. His plan to drive back cross-country the following year to see the Fair gradually grew into an ambitious scheme to bring along a group of friends and turn their adventures into a movie. As more Pranksters volunteered, they realized they needed a bus, so Kesey bought a yellow 1939 International Harvester school bus for $1,250 from Andre Hobson of Atherton, California.”
And, the rest is history!