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Around the 1870s, cattle driving was on the move from Texas to the Midwest. Because of the shortage of cowboys, they needed incentive to hire on good workers. Colonel Charles Goodnight bought a war-surplus munitions wagon and converted it into a travelling kitchen. It was used to transport the food and other needed supplies along the way. It was named after its founder, Chuck Goodnight.

Detail from a larger photo of cowboys seated around a chuckwagon at their campsite in Belle Fouche [sic] South Dakota.

Oliver Loving, Texas rancher and trailblazer. The character of Gus McCrae, in LONESOME DOVE, was based on Loving, including his death from gangrene caused by arrow wounds and his subsequent burial in Texas after an arduous journey by his partner, Charles Goodnight.

Oliver Loving, Texas rancher and trailblazer. The character of Gus McCrae, in…

Shoe Bar Ranch  Hoodlum Wagon and Some of the Boys, 1912 accompanied a chuck wagon on cattle drives and transported additional food, bedrolls, branding irons, and other supplies. It was usually driven by the “Hood” — the wrangler who watched over the horse herd at night. At its peak the Shoe Bar range covered 350,000 acres of leased land and 110,000 acres of land bought in Donley, Hall, and Briscoe counties. The cattle numbered around 50,000 head, with an annual calf crop of 14,000.

Shoe Bar Chuck Wagon, Hoodlum Wagon and Some of the Boys, 1912 Erwin E.

Cowboys eating out on the range, chuck wagon in background - I've been told that Charles Goodnight came up with the idea for the first chuckwagon, and had it outfitted at a blacksmith shop on York Avenue in Weatherford, Texas.

Dutch Gap, Virginia Bomb-proof quarters of Major Strong. It shows two negro soldiers outside a cabin. These men are likely escaped slaves who joined the Union Army 1864. June 1864-April 1865.  they appear to be servants.

Dutch Gap, Virginia Bomb-proof quarters of Major Strong. It shows two African American soldiers outside a cabin. These men are likely escaped slaves who joined the Union Army June they appear to be servants.

Charles Goodnight. This picture, taken late in life, was probably taken at an annual gathering of the Texas and Southwestern Cattle Raisers Association.

Charles Goodnight was a cattle rancher in the American West, perhaps the best known rancher in Texas. In his early years, he ranched in the Palo Pinto area.

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I don't know if these are actually true, but they're fun to read nonetheless // Strange history facts // funny pictures - funny photos - funny images - funny pics - funny quotes

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