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School Bus "Skoolie" Tiny Home Conversion: Skoolie Culture and History

An introduction to Skoolies that will satisfy curious minds and aficionados alike.

Skoolie Culture and History

Furthur: A Skoolie 1960's cultural icon.

Learn about Furthur, the 1939 International Harvester school bus purchased by Ken Kesey (author of One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest). Kesey and his friends, nicknamed "The Merry Pranksters" traveled cross-country on the bus in 1964. At the wheel was Neal Cassady, one of many on the bus that became icons of 1960's counterculture. Is the name of the bus "Furthur" with a "u" or "Further" with an "e"? Up for debate is the spelling of this famous bus. Dive into the history to find out why some people remember the spelling differently, and why everyone is probably right!


An older Ken Kesey (right) and Ken Babbs (left) in front of school bus labeled "Further"                                    The "Furthur" bus (spelled with a "u" on the front in 1965  

                Ken Babbs (L) & Ken Kesey (R) with "Further"                                                                                         "Furthur" in 1965

Furthur in Books

Furthur in Film

Magic Trip - Trailer on Youtube. This documentary film includes real footage taken by Ken Kesey and the Merry Pranksters on their famous cross-country trip. 

Furthur in Music