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Stan Lynde's Chuck Wagon Lore and Legend

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"The chuck wagon's main feature was its chuck box. Set into the back, the box was covered by a hinged lid that swung down to make a work table. The chuck box itself contained a number of drawers, shelves and cubby holes, which stored food, matches, medicines, tobacco, needle and thread, and virtually every item the trail hands might require."
--from Stan Lynde's Chuck Wagon Lore and Legend

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oddio

Thanks for the fine comments!

And thank you, Annjax, for your additional info.

This artist, a Montana cowboy, is well known for his comic strip, Rick O'Shay.

annjax

And another tidbit---the needles & thread were not only for mending the cowboys' clothing, but also for mending the cowboys! Wounds of all kinds were a commonplace event in their hard and dangerous lives and 'Cookie' was usually the 'Trail Doctor', too. He stocked some whiskey for sterilization as well as the occasional celebratory sip. Other extra supplies such as blankets, rain gear, etc., were also kept in the wagon.............

gnt1041

great pic oddio and the tale U tell is so correct............

warbler

Bacon, beans and biscuits sound pretty good right now. I think it was the TV show Rawhide, from the 60's(early Clint Eastwood), that took place on the cattle drive, and Cookie was the one who ran the chuck wagon.

lanty

What a neat device the chuckwagon was. I never thought about it storing all those other items besides food. Great drawing, too!

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