Erwin E. Smith, Photograph.
Wagon Cook inspecting his stew. JA Ranch, TX. 1908.

Photograph from a Picture Post Card from Gareth Glaser. He thoughts were that it would add to our collection of Texas Cow Boys. I agree; even though this is not a resident of Odessa, it's too rare of a photograph not to share with our viewers.

Erwin Smith, you were a pioneer your self. Thank you for the Picture.

What's the difference between Jerky and Pemmican?
It is hard to imagine a time when dried, leathery meat would be appetizing, but to many of the earliest Texans, jerky would have been a welcome meal.

In fact the Commanches who roamed over the West made it, sometimes grinding the dried strips and adding equal part of suet, dried nuts and berries to make chunks of Pemmican. The Mexican version of jerky, known as carne seca, is seasoned with garlic and red chili powder in addition to salt and pepper.

Jerky can be eaten as is. It is a nutritious snack, lacking only vitamin C. (this may be why the Mountain men made pemmican to turn their jerky into a "complete" food.) It is light weight enough for backpackers and long distance runners, and loved by kids for hundreds of years. You can chop the strips up in a food processor, mix with flour and milk to make a gravy and pour over hot biscuits or add pieces to stew. If prepared properly, it will keep indefinitely.

Did you know?
The longest north-south distance in Texas is 801 miles, from the northwest corner of the Panhandle to the southern tip of the state.
The Greatest east-west distance is 773 miles, from the Rio Grande just above El Paso to the easternmost bend of the Sabine River in East Texas.

Sideoats grama, the state grass, occurs on more different soils in Texas than any other native grass.

Another Chuck Wagon Scene from 1920 in Odessa

Courtesy, The Erwin E. Smith Collection of the Library of Congress
on deposit at the Amon Carter Museum, Fort Worth, TX.

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Updated: May 12, 1998