Prior to the chuckwagon, cowboys relied upon mostly dried beef and biscuits stored in their saddle bags for food. However, when the cattle drives began, shortly after the Civil War, in order to get longhorn beef from Texas to distance markets, it became necessary to bring along a mobile kitchen so the drovers were well fed, enabling them to put in long hours along the trail. The chuckwagon, with its pantry stowed on back, became an absolute necessity, including the cast iron and utensils that came with it. Join us on the parade ground of the fort on Saturday, May 26, 2018 at 10 am as we demonstrate trail driver cooking. Samples will be provided, so come early if you want to fill your belly with food from the trail!
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