Sunday, May 10, 2015

Miami's "hobo express" - 1939

Back in the late 30's, Miami cops had an effective, if not altogether politically correct way of dealing with the thousands of homeless men that found themselves in South Florida during the winter months.

The Miami Daily News wrote about the practice in 1939 in a story titled: "'Snow Birds' Major Social Problem."

The solution to the "problem" involved rounding up the "snow birds" and putting them on the "hobo express" - a paddy wagon that had one stop: the county line!

from the Miami Daily News, Nov. 28, 1939.

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