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Chuckwagon Meals

Image Of An Old Chuckwagon The chuckwagon was a folk invention of the Post-Civil war era developed by Charles Goodnight, a Texas cattleman. Frustrated by the inefficiency of transporting food and supplies for trail crews by the traditional methods of ox carts or pack horse, Goodnight obtained a surplus army wagon, stripped it down to its running gear, then transformed it into a mobile kitchen. Probably the first real chuckwagon was taken 'up the trail' in 1866 on a 2000 head cattle drive. The chuckwagon epitomized the hub of life for the western cowboy. Besides serving as the cook's traveling kitchen and the cowboy's home on long trail drives, it carried provisions for the trail hands, plus bedrolls, shovels, axes, rope, and even a few personal items. In the mid-1880's, when trail-driving reached its zenith and cattle ranching reached the vast open range of the 'Great Plains', market demand led the Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co. of South Bend, Ind. to produce their 'Round-Up Wagon', especially designed for feeding large crews. The Round-Up Wagon was heavier and less mobile than the lighter trail models. Because of its usefulness and practical design, the chuckwagon changed very little from its original design in 1866 and remained an intregal part of American ranching for nearly a century. Still a useful part of the ranching industry today, the chuckwagon stands as a sentimental symbol of the western legacy of a bygone era.

The Chuckwagon concept seemed to make sense and our 1st try at it was on our two day trek of "The Devil's Highway" in March of 2007.   Since then we will do a Chuckwagon from time to time but because of planning and logistics,  it really isn't feasible to do a Chuckwagon on every trip.  However with dedicated volunteers,  you will see a Chuckwagon on a trip or two each year.

Here was our menu for this trip:

Saturday Night Dinner
12 oz NY Strip Steaks, BBQ Chicken Leg Quarters, fresh made cole slaw, Bush's Baked Beans, Rolls Butter, Fruit Cocktail, Coffee

Saturday Night Campfire
Marshmallows, Smore's, Coffee

Sunday Morning Breakfast
Scrambled Eggs, Hash Browns, Bacon, Bread/Butter/Jellies, Canned Peaches, Cottage Cheese, OJ, Coffee

As you can see we ate really good !

Other dinners in past or planned trips included: Country Style Ribs, 1/3 Lb Angus Burgers, Hot Dogs, 1/4 Lb Burgers, Sweet Italian Sausage Subs, Clam Bake/Shrimp Pot


 

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