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Britt, Iowa

While they were working on the coach Fred and I took off on a no destination motorcycle ride. Along the way we saw this sign and stopped to take a pic because we have a friend named Britt.


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We hear that you can get an O’Gorman on every hole!


We had some fun taking Britt pictures.

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We stopped for gas and while I was stretching my legs we saw this:

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Whaaaaat! Can it be true?  So we traveled down main street to see…

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Of course we had to go in.  These people are serious.  Inside the museum we met Connecticut Tootsie the queen of the 2008 convention.  She explained how the town of Britt  brought the convention to Britt in 1906 to showcase the town.  She explained the difference between a hobo, tramp and bum.

Hobo’s have a code of ethics.  They will never take hand outs. They work for food and shelter.

A Tramp only works when he has too.  A shifty kind of a guy.

A bum is a bum. Never works.  Drinks too much and gets in trouble with the law.


An ethical code was created by Tourist Union #63 during its 1889 National Hobo Convention in St. Louis Missouri. This code was voted upon as a concrete set of laws to govern the Nation-wide Hobo Body; it reads this way:

  1. Decide your own life, don’t let another person run or rule you.
  2. When in town, always respect the local law and officials, and try to be a gentleman at all times.
  3. Don’t take advantage of someone who is in a vulnerable situation, locals or other hobos.
  4. Always try to find work, even if temporary, and always seek out jobs nobody wants. By doing so you not only help a business along, but ensure employment should you return to that town again.
  5. When no employment is available, make your own work by using your added talents at crafts.
  6. Do not allow yourself to become a stupid drunk and set a bad example for locals’ treatment of other hobos.
  7. When jungling in town, respect handouts, do not wear them out, another hobo will be coming along who will need them as bad, if not worse than you.
  8. Always respect nature, do not leave garbage where you are jungling.
  9. If in a community jungle, always pitch in and help.
  10. Try to stay clean, and boil up wherever possible.
  11. When traveling, ride your train respectfully, take no personal chances, cause no problems with the operating crew or host railroad, act like an extra crew member.
  12. Do not cause problems in a train yard, another hobo will be coming along who will need passage through that yard.
  13. Do not allow other hobos to molest children, expose all molesters to authorities, they are the worst garbage to infest any society.
  14. Help all runaway children, and try to induce them to return home.
  15. Help your fellow hobos whenever and wherever needed, you may need their help someday.
  16. If present at a hobo court and you have testimony, give it. Whether for or against the accused, your voice counts!


Ok , you can’t make this stuff up!


Outside the museum we met some of the past Kings and Queens of the convention.

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From left to right: Connecticut Tootsie 2008, Tuck 2007, Minneapolis Jewel 2011 and the driver is running for Queen this convention.


The whole town if focused on Hobo’s.

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I thought she moved to Florida.
I thought she moved to Florida.



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Lawn Art


There is even a special cemetery for the Hobo’s when in Hobo terms………..Takes the Westbound.

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Unfortunately we weren’t going to be there for the convention.  If you want to see the schedule:

Here’s a link to the weekend activities :


One of the highlights is the Toilet Bowl Race.

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Don’t forget the King and Queen



Group photo:



A relative



The convention is always the second weekend in August.  Anyone up for a field trip 2017?


Next up…Puppies.

















4 thoughts on “Britt, Iowa

  1. Guess where Britt wants to go on his next vacation?!!
    Too funny.
    Thanks for sending and also illuminating the differences between hobo, tramp and bum. One never knows when we may need that kind of info!

  2. Can’t believe you stumbled across my home town! Anyway with the secret out, I assure you I come from a long line of respectable hobos – not a bum or tramp among them.

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