The News Herald recently caught up with The Wagon Man to find out.
PANAMA CITY — The Wagon Man was a popular fixture in Bay County years ago, notable for pulling a wagon around town and displaying signs with positive, optimistic messages.
If you’re wondering what happened to him, he moved away in 2012 and now lives in Colorado.
“Still alive,” Wagon Man, also known as Phillip Cargile, said during a phone interview Wednesday while his wife Cheryl sat nearby. “I don’t want the community to think I just ran off. We just felt we needed to reach more people.”
Cargile, who will be 62 in January, recently published a book titled “The Wagon Man and the Untold Stories From the GoBurn Kids” about his journeys. The book is available on Amazon.
While Cargile said he loves the Bay County area, he also loves Colorado. They moved away because of the Florida heat.
“I love (Colorado). It’s gotten better over the years,” Cargile said. “It’s beautiful and clean. The people are pretty great.”
Cargile said he pulls wagons to lift up the community and as a reminder for people to cherish their youthful and playful sides. People are inspired when they see him, he said.
“I call it healing the sick and raising the dead,” said Cargile, who has been pulling wagons since 2001. “I just want everybody to come together and stop being so divided.”
While he’s in a cooler climate, Cargile said he has not forgotten about the people in Bay County, where he walked every road.
“I cared,” Cargile said. “I cared about all the community. I want to see it come together.”
Asked his reaction to Hurricane Michael and the destruction it caused, Cargile said it broke his heart.
“I would have been the first one there but what good is a wagon?” Cargile said. “It’s still a beautiful city. There’s beautiful people. I really do miss the community.”
For more information or to connect with Cargile, check out The Wagon Man page on Facebook.