The Chuck Wagon was designated as the Official Vehicle of Texas in 2005.
Charles Goodnight is said to have devised the first 'chuck wagon', which he devised from an Army wagon in the 1850s or 1860s. It was fitted with various shelves and compartments for storing food, cooking equipment, eating utensils, etc. It also had room for medical supplies (very limited), scissors and a shovel, for the 'coosie', 'cookie' or 'gut robber's' duties included acting as doctor, barber and burying the dead. Cooks were also paid double the ‘dollar a day’ the cowhands earned.