The Time Tramp

At the abandoned railroad trestle bridge over the Brazos River walks the figure of a man in shabby nineteenth-century attire. In the past, hobos often followed the rail lines from one community to the next, running alongside slow trains to hitch a free ride to the next town. Legend has it, the tramp was waiting to stow away on the next train out of Waco but, after passing out on the tracks early one evening, failed to wake in time and was crushed by the train. His restless soul roams the area, asking passersby for the time and still trying to catch the next train out of town. After looking up from checking the time, they find the old vagabond has vanished.

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The legends and folktales in Cotton Bales, Goatmen & Witches: Legends from the Heart of Texas, compiled by Bradley T. Turner and accompanied by photographs from Mark Burdine, bring to life the whispered stories and forgotten secrets that illuminate the darkest recesses of the Texas psyche from the distant past to the present day.

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