Hobos overtaking Stonefield Village?

This weekend you can relive the golden age of the railroad at the Stonefield Village historical site in Cassville, Wisconsin. The site, run by the Wisconsin State Historical Society interprets life and history in turn of the century southwestern Wisconsin.

The Golden Age of the Railroad is loosely defined as the time period between 1880 and 1916. Hobos rode the rails and you too can hear stories and music by “Luther the Jet,” former National Hobo King, and some of his hobo friends who will share tales and tunes about life on the rails.

Outside the depot, headquarters of the mythical Governor Nelson Dewey Line whose motto is “Going Nowhere and Always on Time,” is a restored velocipede, a three-wheeled handcar used by the station section-master to inspect the track, and a restored baggage cart. Visitors can also climb aboard a restored Burlington caboose. In the restored Soo Line boxcar a display of boards from a section shanty from Oxford Junction, Iowa, recalls the lives and times of hobos who rode the rails.

The Stonefield Village Railroad Days run August 21-22 at Stonefield Village Historical Site in Cassville, WI.

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