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E.C. Ekstrom: Where Greyhound Got Its Name

A native of Ludington, Michigan, Edwin Carl Ekstrom launched Safety Motor Coach Lines in 1924. Providing intercity bus service between Muskegon and Grand Rapids, the firm was an instant hit with the public, and an immediate competitor with the local interurban service. Within the span of 2 ½ years, Ekstrom and his fleet of “Greyhounds” shook up the transportation industry, with services that would ultimately extend way beyond state borders. And yet, Ekstrom's legacy and the connection to West Michigan has been forgotten. Historian Ron Pesch will examine how Greyhound Lines got its name and logo in a colorful tale that played out along the shoreline during the Roaring Twenties.

E.C. Ekstrom: Where Greyhound Got Its Name
  • Times:  12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
  • November 4, 2016 to November 4, 2016
  • Grand Rapids Public Library- Main Branch
  • Free