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An'  Wheres Cookie? The Chuck Wagon   by Leslie van de Ligt

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*Old Things Group March 31, 2010
2, 3, 4 Club (2 a Day) March 26, 2010
Wild West Show March 19, 2010
Nostalgic Art and Photography January, 2010
The Woman Photographer May 23, 2009
Rural Around The Globe May 5, 2009
Image Writing April 29,2009

Placed 9Th in the “Old Wagons Or Wagon Wheels” March 31, 2010

Placed 10Th in the “Your Most Featured Featured Shot in” March 17, 2010

Placed 4TH in the “Your Best Shot In Rural Canada Challenge”*

My research of covered wagons has identified this as a chuck wagon. It was half rain, half snow as I was taking the picture so it was not hard to imagine the hardships of being on the trail driving that wagon. One can see the weary cowboys relief when this wagon came in sight after a long day in the saddle. Located on Highway 14, Alberta.
Charles Goodnight is credited with inventing the chuck wagon. In 1866 he and his partner, Oliver Loving, made preparations to take a herd of 2,000 longhorn cattle from near Fort Belknap in northern Texas, to Denver. Goodnight purchased a government wagon and had it completely rebuilt according to his specifications in seasoned bois d’arc, the toughest wood available.
The distinguishing feature of the wagon was the sloping box on the rear with hinged lid that lowered to become a cook’s worktable. The box was fitted to the width of the wagon and contained shelves and drawers for holding food and utensils. To the cowboys, “chuck” was food, so the box was called a chuck box and the wagon became known as a chuck wagon.
Goodnight’s early prototype of the chuck wagon was copied widely and changed little in the years to follow.
Most chuck wagons had the same basic design. They were large, sturdy, four-wheeled wagons with bows across the top covered with waterproof sheets. There was usually a cowhide stretched beneath the wagon bed and fastened at the corners; it was used to carry wood or cow chips. In the front of some of the wagons was a jockey box, which was used for storing tools and heavier equipment needed on the trail. History taken from webstie with my Rebel XSI Corel Photo Album Cropped

I am an amateur photographer from Sherwood Park, Alberta Canada.
Love scenery, wildlife and anything that catches my eye as being unique. Have a Canon Rebel XSI with a 100mm – 400mm Lens that allows me to get some wonderful captures!

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  • Vickie Emms
    Vickie Emmsover 5 years ago

    this is beautiful Leslie,,,,,,your research is very interesting too. Ibelieve I traveled on a wagon train in my previous life :-))

  • Thanks Vickie. Couldn’t believe my eyes when I saw this sitting there waiting for my camera. :>))

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • PrairieRose
    PrairieRoseover 5 years ago

    Leslie!! This is a FABULOUS capture indeed……………so beautifully presented and such a lovely writeup as well…………………..
    you really should add to the Wild West group too……………
    Marvelous ! !
    cheers, Rosie :))))

  • Many thanks Rosie. I will submit to the Wild West Show. Thanks for the suggestion. Have a great Day. Hugs Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Scott  d'Almeida
    Scott d'Almeidaover 5 years ago

    fantastic .

  • Thanks Scott. Much appreciated.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 5 years ago

    fabulous capture..i’ll add it to the group..although I didn’t see a location in all that typing lol..

  • Thank you for your comment. It is appreciated. If you were look again I’m sure you’ll see a location(grin/sigh) :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Cheryl Dunning
    Cheryl Dunningover 5 years ago

    lol oh i see’re added to the group :-)

  • Many Thanks. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Malcolm Chant
    Malcolm Chantover 5 years ago

    Leslie you have done it again, found something with all it’s History, Excellent shot/info

  • Good morning Malcolm. Thank you very much. I was pleased when I saw this one sitting out too. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • michaelby3
    michaelby3over 5 years ago

    i really enjoy this one !!!!!!

  • Thanks ever so much Michael.Glad you stopped by.:>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Cora Wandel
    Cora Wandelover 5 years ago

  • Thank you very much Cora. Sincerely Bluenorther(Leslie)

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • Antanas
    Antanasover 5 years ago

    lovely shot

  • Your comment is so appreciated and Thank you for the favorite. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

  • kathy s gillentine
    kathy s gillen...over 5 years ago

    Fantastic capture

  • Thank you so very much kathy. :>)) Leslie

    – Leslie van de Ligt

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