ROSCOEHistoric Auto Attractions has announced the partnership between the business and Butch Patrick, also known as Eddie Munster from the popular 1960s TV show The Munsters, to put on display the 1965 Gillig tour bus known as Sugar Magnolia that was used by the Grateful Dead between 1967 and 1985.
The original purpose of the bus was used as the sound tech bus; the sound crew and equipment were then unloaded for the concert, and leisure hangout for the band.
All of the original furnishings and decor have been preserved. The ceiling is lined with hundreds of vintage rock posters featuring Jimi Hendrix, Janice Joplin and others who visited the bus and used it as a hangout between sets. Other notable guests on the bus included such bands and artists as Jim Morrison and the Doors, Canned Heat, Grace Slick and Jefferson Airplane, Credence Clearwater Revival, and many others.
See perhaps one of the most recognizable tour buses to ever hit the road, with a rock and roll history like none other.
Historic Auto Attractions is at 13825 Metric Drive in Roscoe. It is open 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., Saturdays, and 11 a.m. to 4 p.m., Sundays. Admission is $8 adults, $7 seniors, $6 kids 6-15, children younger than 6 get in free.
From the Sept. 13-19, 2006, issue