Santa Rita Oil and History Day at the Depot

Saturday, June 7, 2013 10:00am – 4:00PM

The Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne, will celebrat the rich colorful heritage of the Oil Boom of the 1920's and 30's and the Rich history of the Concho Valley and its relationship to the railroads. Guest Speakers will be giving talks through out the day on the History of the Railroad and the Area.

Enjoy a day of fun  and listen to live music, and vendors

The Railway Museum will be open during the event with regular admission.

The schedule of events included at:

10:00 am Festival and the Railway Museum of San Angelo opens

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Railroad Partners, Inc. will have several of their member's motor cars on the track for display. Check out their web site at

10:00 am to 4:00 pm Railroad Partners, Inc. will present Operation Lifesaver program
Hobos were considered the top class of the unemployed as they would travel from town to town by freight train looking for work. Many would settle down when they found a town and job they liked. But for most it was the adventure of traveling the rails that kept drawing them back into the hobo life.

After the Civil War, many men headed west in search of work. Many carried a hoe with them. These “hoe boys” eventually became known as “hobos.” Hobos were not “bums” or “tramps”; they were men seeking work wherever they could find it. They lived out of doors in camps known as “jungles.” The dangers of travel by hopping trains crippled many.

During the period of the Great Depression between 1930 and 1942 the American hobo ranks swelled. Estimated of more than one million men, women and children were riding the rails on any given day in search of work. Given the broad spectrum of people in the mass migration of skilled and unskilled workers- the hobo culture reached unprecedented levels of sophistication. Contact with wandering hobos was a common experience and they infused the American language with a wealth of popular lingo that is still in use today.

Modern day hobos are an eclectic mix of subcultures seeking adventure. Freight hopping remains one of the last true red blooded adventures in a post frontier America.

For more information call the Museum at 325-486-2140 on Saturdays

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