Hobo Heaven

In America every profession has its annual convention.

Even the hobo - the homeless outlaw who grabs illegal rides on freight-trains - is invited once a year to the Iowa town of Britt for a celebration of his lifestyle.

Is it a gimmick to attract the tourists to the Hobo Museum, a sentimental effort to turn sad old bums into romantic icons of a mythical past? Or is it a gathering of the last people in America who understand the meaning of the word freedom?

Gerry Anderson joins the party down in the Hobo Jungle.

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In America every profession has its annual convention.

Even the hobo - the homeless outlaw who grabs illegal rides on freight-trains - is invited once a year to the Iowa town of Britt for a celebration of his lifestyle.

Is it a gimmick to attract the tourists to the Hobo Museum, a sentimental effort to turn sad old bums into romantic icons of a mythical past? Or is it a gathering of the last people in America who understand the meaning of the word freedom?

Gerry Anderson joins the party down in the Hobo Jungle.