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The stuff of nightmares: Edmonds’ Alligator Bus


Last updated 11/2/2018 at Noon

The Alligator Bus, a bus created by George W. Yost that was basically a scary fifth-wheel.

It was often called the Alligator Bus.

To me, it was the bus of my nightmares.

Invented by George W. Yost, one-time bookkeeper and manager of the Yost Auto Company in Edmonds, the bus went into passenger service in late 1934 for the company’s Suburban Transportation System on the Edmonds-Richmond Beach-Seattle run.

Three years later, when I began riding a bus from Edmonds to Seattle, this one became my personal nightmare.

Maybe I was too sensitive as a child and had too vivid an imagination; whatever, there were two frightening events I still remember from my childhood – the 1933 mov...

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