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rid_nig_the_rails.gifRiding the Rails 2

Who Rode The Rails?
Most of the people who rode the rails were known as hoboes. Mostly kids rode the rails because kids were mostly the hoboes. At least 250,000 nomads were under the age of twenty-one by late 1932. A nomad is a person who roams about from one place to another. A nomad is pretty much a hobo. Some examples of people who still ride the rails today like: Novelist Louis L’Amour, TV host Art Linkletter, and Oil billionaire H.L. Hunt.

What was it like for the people who rode the rails?

At least 6,500 hoboes were killed in one year in accidents or by bulls. Bulls were guards that were hired to keep non-paying riders off the trains. Walter Ballard was one young man who became a hobo. He said “It was fun, but in a dangerous way!” More than 2 million men and perhaps 8,000 women became hoboes.

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Hoboes often begged for food at a local farmhouse. Riding the rails was dangerous because if you miss the boxcar you could fall on the ground and that may cause serious injury or death. Most hoboes would hide along the tracks outside the yard. They’d run along the train as it gained speed, grab hold, and then jump into the boxcars. Sometimes they missed.


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Sources Used: http://www.livinghistory.org, http://technology.blogspot.com, www.pbs.org, Children of the great depression book, and Riding the rails book.