Cowboy Chuck Wagon Invented by Charles Goodnight

on June 10, 2001

The original ‘Meals on Wheels,’ the cowboy chuck wagon, was invented in 1866 by prominent Texas cattleman Charles Goodnight. Goodnight, a veteran of cattle drives, built shelves, drawers, and cubbyholes behind a hinged lid in a wagon that lowered to become a worktable for a cook. The device was first used in 1866 on the inaugural cattle drive on what would become the ‘Goodnight-Loving Trail’ from Texas to New Mexico and Colorado. (Nice wagon, Chuck.)

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