Monday, August 8, 2005

Hobos Riding Rails To Iowa

BRITT, Iowa (Wireless Flash - FlashNews) – There will be lot of homeless, sack-toting hobos in the town of Britt, Iowa Thursday (Aug. 11) through Sunday this week.

That’s because the 105th National Hobo Convention is taking place, and current and former hobos from around the U.S. are expected to attend.

The convention is believed to be the largest gathering of hobos in the world and celebrates the life of hobos – folks who hop freight trains illegally to look for short-term jobs around the country.

Convention spokesperson Darcy Eisenberg says hobos are different from “bums” and “tramps” because “they actually work for a living, but tramps and bums ask for money from those who work.”

Although there were hundreds of thousands of hobos during the Great Depression, Eisenberg says the count is likely in the hundreds today.

Still, Eisenberg says at least 15,000 folks will trample into Britt for the event where hobos will tell stories of their adventures and two true rail-riders will be crowned Hobo Queen and Hobo King.

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