Union Bus Station

Friday, March 27, 2009 | |

Union Bus Station , originally uploaded by R Doyle Bowman.

Built in 1952, the Union Bus Station has become a landmark in Oklahoma City. The Image seen here combines a postcard from the early 1950's and a contemporary digital image.

During the 1950's and 1960's The Union Bus Station was the place GI's returning home or leaving for deployment would pass through. It was also very popular, due in part to the high costs of air travel, as a terminal providing bus service across the country.

Today, the Union still provides bus service via Greyhound. Unfortunately, in recent years the Union has aged poorly. Many neighboring cities, such as Dallas and Denver provide transients with one-way bus tickets to clear their streets. Those people are often sent to Oklahoma City. They arrive at the Union.

The Union Bus Station may have lost some of its glamour and the allure of travel by bus is not what it used to be. However, the building is an icon of travel and of Oklahoma City.