"She Went 14,000 Miles as a Boy": The Queer Lives of Hobos in St. Louis (lecture)

  • Missouri History Museum 5700 Lindell Blvd St. Louis, MO 63112

Presented by the Missouri History Museum | Lee Auditorium | Free

“Hobo girls,” women who donned men’s clothing and passed as men while riding the rails, were among the most elusive of all hobos. Beginning in the 1870s, St. Louis law enforcement saw these cross-dressing hobos as a real threat to the community and did all they could to prevent and “correct” their lifestyle. Join Nathan Tye, doctoral student at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, for this presentation exploring the lives of these queer figures and their place in the wider history of St. Louis.

Presented in partnership with the Saint Louis LGBT History Project