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


    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?

A ring of flame envelopes a steam locomotive drive wheel as a tire is heated so it can be placed on the wheel.

Though made of steel, the tires on a steam locomotive wear out. A new tire is cut slightly too small and then it is heated until it expands. After workers slide it onto the wheel, the tire shrinks as it cools and is locked into place. Learn more about steam locomotive maintenance at Steamtown NHS. More...