Jan MacKell Collins
Shoe Bar Ranch Hoodlum Wagon and Some of the Boys, 1912 accompanied a chuck wagon on cattle drives and transported additional food, bedrolls, branding irons, and other supplies. It was usually driven by the “Hood” — the wrangler who watched over the horse herd at night. At its peak the Shoe Bar range covered 350,000 acres of leased land and 110,000 acres of land bought in Donley, Hall, and Briscoe counties. The cattle numbered around 50,000 head, with an annual calf crop of 14,000.
thirty miles out
Mex John Making Pies, 1888 .. The cook was generally the last of the cowboys to go to bed, except for those on guard duty, of course. The last chore for the cook was to point the tongue of the chuck wagon toward the North Star so the trail boss knew his directions when he started out the next day. The cook was the compass for the cattle drive. L.A. Huffman photo, Montana Historical Society Photo Archives