• An engineer inspects the running gear of a steam locomotive at Steamtown NHS

    Steamtown

    National Historic Site Pennsylvania

Living History Program: Hobo

An historic image of a hobo walking along a road with a bed roll slung over his shoulder.

During the Great Depression, thousands of hobos wandered the country looking for work.  You can learn more about a hobo's life on this Living History Tour.

Library of Congress, FSA

Step back in time to the 1930s and find out what life was like riding the rods during the Great Depression.

Program begins at the red sign "Living History Begins Here" just outside the main door of the Visitor Center near the CNJ crane. Included in the Park Entrance Fee.

Possible weather warning. This is an outdoor program.

Did You Know?

Drawing of mechanical engineer Elijay McCoy, creator of the 'real McCoy' automatic lubricator.

Elijah J. McCoy, a brilliant African-American mechanical engineer, invented an automatic lubricator cup (or drip cup) for steam locomotives and other machines. It worked so well that inspectors, when checking in a new piece of machinery, would ask, "Is it the real McCoy?" More...