Britt, Iowa --
Along Highway 18, the main access road to Britt, visitors are encouraged to stop by the National Hobo Museum.
Every August, travelers and train enthusiasts convene in Britt, a town of 2,000 in north central Iowa, to celebrate Hobo Days. As visitors and locals enjoy a traditional small town festival on Main Avenue, members of the National Hobo Convention assemble in the Jungle, a gathering place alongside the train tracks on the edge of town. They come together to see old friends and to ensure that the history of the hobo will be honored and remembered.
Photography by Alyssa Schukar for The Smithsonian Magazine