Museum tour

The Chuck Wagon

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.

Copper Breaks State Park Museum Tour
  1. Bison
  2. Copper Mine
  3. Comanche History
  4. The Medicine Man
  5. The Bison and the Comanche
  6. The Parker Story
  7. The Battle of Pease River
  8. Comanche Clothing
  9. Quanah the Warrior
  10. Quanah the Statesman
  11. The Cowboy
  12. The Chuck Wagon
  13. Early Towns
  14. The end of the open range and the R2
  15. The Waggoner Ranch