Life in the Old West

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Cowboys knew who the real boss was on trail drives: the cook

Monday, June 25th, 2012:

One of the accepted realities of life on a cattle drive was that “the boss” or “boss man” was the man who owned the cattle they were herding — but everyone also knew the cook was the man even the boss deferred to most often. The outfit’s chuck wagon was a rough equivalent of a traveling general store, and the cook was not only the chief clerk of that store, he was usually the closest thing the cowboys had to a doctor, surgeon, dentist, tailor, and fussy maiden aunt.

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