Chuck Wagon

On the earliest of Cattle Drives each trail hand carried his own provisions in a sack. Until 1866 that is, when Texas cattleman Charles Goodnight bought an old Army wagon and converted it into a Chuck Wagon, Chuck being slang for food. It seems there was a shortage of cowboys and trail hands for the large cattle drives. Goodnight decided…

Old Sacramento Trip ~ Trains

Even though there is a train museum located in Old Sacramento, I did not have time to visit it. I certainly wanted to, but that darn old nemesis, time, won this trip. There was, however, a few cars parked at the train station so I was able to take pictures of them.  Have to admit I am always fascinated by choo choos. I…

The Golden Spike

The date was May 9, 1869, four years after the end of the civil war. The time was 2:47 PM. The place was promontory Summit, Utah.  Two trains faced each other a railroad tie apart.  A large crowd had gathered. Railroad Financier and California Governor Leland Stanford using a silver hammer drove a golden spike into the final tie with…