Charles Goodnight built a ranching empire in Northwest Texas that even included Palo Duro Canyon. The Goodnight-Loving trail stretched from the Concho river to Colorado. He drove thousands of Longhorns across the trials to the Kansas railheads taking longhorns and later crossbred beef cattle to markets in Chicago and New York. Early in the cattle drives, Goodnight realized he needed a way to better feed the cowboys on the open range. He took an old army supply wagon and added a few necessities a cook would need. These included water barrels, tool boxes, cooking equipment storage and a Chuck box on the front of the wagon for food storage and a work bench.