Excerpts from Roadchick B:
The Hobo Museum was one of the middle stops on our record-breaking marathon day of roadside attraction visits. It is housed in a former movie theatre in the town of Britt, Iowa (though funds are being raised for a new museum). In the musty, dimly lit, hollowed out theatre are rows of glass cabinets, shelves, and bulletin boards housing Hobo keepsakes as well as a short video. So what's a Hobo??
A HOBO is someone who hitches rides to travel to places to work
A TRAMP is someone who hitches rides just to travel
A BUM is someone who neither travels nor works
So as you see, being a Hobo is actually a noble profession (illegally hopping freight trains aside), and there are people who continue to practice this way of life. Each year, Britt holds the National Hobo Convention in August. Here, the Hobos gather and elect a Hobo "King and Queen" for the year (although once you're crowned Hobo Royalty, you get to keep that title forever!!)
The keepsakes and photos in the museum make Hobo living look attractive and peaceful. Traveling to make money to continue traveling. No house to worry about. A simple life with good friends and lots of adventure. Hmmm, as attractive as that seems, I think I'll keep being a Roadchick.