CHUCK WAGON FROM JOHN WAYNE MOVIE “THE COWBOYS”
Take Starring Role in front of Museum
Used in the 1971, John Wayne movie, “The Cowboys,” the chuck wagon that resides in front of the Museum was driven by the character, Mr. Jebediah “Jeb” Nightlinger, the chuckwagon cook - played in the movie by actor, Roscoe Lee Browne. Reportedly, there were two chuck wagons used, and this was the one used in the action shots. The chuck box on this wagon was not the one used in the chuck box close-ups in the movie. The other wagon on exhibit is a classic "Bed Wagon." Also on exhibit is a traditional "Bed Wagon" used by the cattleman on round-ups to carry bedding and supplies.
Larry Wolfe had owned the Sequoia-Kings Pack Station in Onion Valley and lived on a ranch in Independence. (Dennis Winchester, Cottonwood Pack Station, now lives at that ranch) Wolfe had purchased the wagon collection at the Fallon Livestock Auction in Fallon, Nevada from the Fat Jones Stables, Inc. (1912 – 1975) estate perhaps a year or so earlier. Fat Jones was a western movie supplier for 51 years and was located in North Hollywood. Jones died in 1963 and the movie stables continued on until 1975 when the property was sold and the equipment dispersed. Lou Roeser purchased this chuck wagon, along with a number of other wagons, from Larry Wolfe in 1976 and had the wagon painted green in the early 1980s. classic "Bed Wagon." Also on exhibit is a traditional "Bed Wagon" used by the cattleman on round-ups to carry bedding and supplies.
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Lee (Lou's sons) and his wife, Jennifer Roeser used these wagons in their western film supply business, Roeser Livestock and Equipment. They have been kind eneough to share these classic wagons with the Museum. Information provided by Marye Roeser