Purchase tickets in Clarendon, Texas, at DONLEY COUNTY STATE BANK, EVERY NOOK AND CRANNY, and of course, at the MUSEUM office during regular business hours, or on the Museum website Saints Roost Museum. They are $15.00 a piece! Great price for such a tasty meal!!
This year’s 2016 Chuckwagon Cookoff will be Saturday Sept 24th – Served At 1:00 P.M. – Get Tickets Early – 806-874-2746 or 806-874-3335
Enjoy a delicious Chuckwagon Cookoff meal in Clarendon! Tickets for the authentic Charles Goodnight Chuckwagon Cookoff meal are $15 each and can be purchased in advance at Saints’ Roost Museum, Saints’ Roost Museum website, or Every Nook & Cranny or by calling (806)874-3581 or 806-874-3335
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History of the Chuckwagon and Charles Goodnight
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 Texas to Colorado. Goodnight started with an Army wagon and rebuilt it with seasoned bois d’arc wood, the hardest available.
The wagon had a sloping box on the rear with a hinged side that lowered to create a cook’s worktable for meal preparation. The box was the width of the wagon and contained shelves and drawers for holding food and utensils. Since cowboys called these meals “chuck,” the wagon became known as a “chuck wagon.”
Goodnight’s early prototype of the chuck wagon was copied widely, thus contemporary wagons reflect the same general design.
The chuck wagons of the Old West that traveled with the herd on the trail are gone. But in an effort to preserve the Old West, the Col. Charles Goodnight Chuckwagon Cookoff is a showcase revival of the skills used to keep cowboys fed and fit. The wagons are rolling museums in and of themselves, and the Cookoff is your chance to experience a part of authentic Western history.