Hobos they're called, a word with as many possible origins as there are reasons to join the fraternity.
The Latin words homo bonus mean "good man" and could have been coined to make the term hobo.
Some say that soldiers returning from the Civil War would be asked where they were headed and they replied "homeward bound".
Migratory agricultural workers of the eighteenth century were referred to as "hoe boys", and since Hobos worked as they traveled, it was concluded they were the original 'boes.
Misunderstood and mistreated, the wandering Hobos have come to find understanding and friendship in the town of Britt, Iowa- which since 1900 has been the site of the Hobos Convention.
This is the first half of our Musical Salute To Hobos!
Here are the links to join me in Hopping A Boxcar Wondering Where We Are Bound, at Mike Pell Rockollections: