Museum presents Hobo Festival

Staff report

Enjoy a safe, socially-distanced event while you discover the story of the men who traveled the country by railroad during the annual Museum of Fulton County Hobo Festival, Saturday, Sept. 26, 4-7 p.m. at the Wauseon Depot, 225 Depot St.,

Tour the 1930s caboose, get up close and personal with real hobo artifacts, and listen to live entertainment. A takeaway hobo dinner made of sausage, cabbage, potatoes, carrots, and onions will also be served for a freewill donation.

Built in 1896, and listed on the National Register of Historic Places, the current depot is the second to stand on the site. It served passengers of the railroad until the mid-1970s. It is currently owned by the City of Wauseon and managed by the Fulton County Historical Society, and houses railroad artifacts and a model railroad display.

Hobos, unlike a tramp or vagabond, were unemployed men who traveled throughout the country looking for work. With no employment prospects at home they would take to the rails in search of any job, many of them short-term. Many hobos would travel for free by jumping on and off the box cars of trains. It is estimated that, at the height of the Great Depression, as many as 20,000 men were hobos. These men created their own unique culture, language, and foodways.

For more information, call 419-337-7922.

Staff report