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4-H Chuckwagon Will See Improvements


September 2, 2020

The chuck wagon may have been the first food truck. Texas rancher Charles Goodnight is given credit for the invention of the chuck wagon in 1866 after he converted an old army-surplus Studebaker wagon into a mobile kitchen to feed cowboys driving cattle from Texas to New Mexico. Etymologically, the term “chuck” derives from old English, referring to food, grub, or a piece of meat—hence a food wagon or food truck.

However, cowboys understood that the chuck wagon meant more than just food. In addition to food and water for the trail, it carried an array of tools, personal gear—such...

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