Honour Above All
There are multiple opinions as to where the word “HOBO” originated. Most common is that it a slang abbreviation of “homeward bound”.
The word hobo did not really come into prominence until the early 1890s, even though the “man riding the rail” image began much earlier.
The cross-country expansion of the railroads in the 1800s gave men a new way to travel. With the end of the American Civil War in the 1860s, many discharged veterans began hopping freight trains to return home.