Hobo Day at the Depot
Saturday, July 29, 2017 10:00am – 4:00PM
The Railway Museum of San Angelo, 703 S. Chadbourne, will celebrate the rich colorful heritage of the Hobos and their relationship to the railroads.
Enjoy a day of fun and listen to live music, and Costume contest
NEW THIS YEAR Walk across Chadbourne ST to visit over 40 Vendors and Food Trucks.
The Museum will have the Texas Trackless Train running from across Chadbourne ST down the blocked off Hartiman Pass to Orient ST then to Ave A across from the City Pool. Get Tickets at the Train.
10:30 - Have Fun Pitching washers and bean bags
11:00 am Try some original Hobo Stew until its all gone.
1:30 PM Hobo Costume Contest. Dress up as a Hobo with the winner in Kids (age 1 month to 11 years old) and Adult division ( age 12 and up) each getting prizes.
2:30 PM - Fry an Egg on the Track contest. Winners will be judged on best and fasted fried egg. Kids who tour the Museum during the day will get an egg and told the secret to cooking an egg on a Railroad Track!
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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