With a Museum admission ticket visitors can tour “Unit One” and learn about Cash’s adventures with his wife, children and a cast of characters that came together for various tours, including the 1991 Highwayman Tour with Willie Nelson, Waylon Jennings and Kris Kristofferson. Rather than the usual rock star routine of renting a bus, Cash wanted a sense of stability and chose to buy and build his own. He purchased the shell of the bus - the same frame that was used by many Greyhound buses from the era – and took it to Land Cruiser Customizer in Columbus, Ohio. Cash spent more than $500,000 to customize the rolling space. The bus radiates Johnny and his wife, June Carter Cash’s, presence, from the coffee ring Cash left on a table to the rotisserie oven that catered to his love for barbeque. Johnny, June and their son, John Carter, all had separate compartments – each unique to their individual tastes. Throughout his career, Cash's travels informed the inspired candor of his songwriting and quite literally took his music cross-country, putting more than 1 million miles on the bus. “J.C. Unit One” became part of the museum’s permanent collection five years ago. It remains on display in the outside plaza during the warmer months.
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