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     Gathering the Herd
     Cutting
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     The Stray Man
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Seasonal Work | Summer Trail Drive | Chuck Wagon
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The chuck wagon was an ordinary supply wagon that had been altered by the addition of a chuck box on the back. The first wagon alteration was made by Charles Goodnight, the famous "Cattle King" of the JA Ranch in the Palo Duro Canyon. The box was stocked with food and utensils, and the wagon carried the pots and pans, medicine, tools, weapons, and bedrolls for the whole outfit. Kindling was stored underneath the wagon, and a water barrel was attached to the side. A hinged lid folded out from the wagon into a table, which the cook used as a countertop.

The chuck wagon was the center of the outfit's world. Not only was it the vehicle that transported most of their gear and all their food, it also provided shade. A tarp was often pulled out from the back of the wagon and supported by poles. Because it was such an important area of activity, the chuck wagon appears in many of Smith's images, even when it was not the primary subject.


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