Students experience life in the Old West

Posted on: 6:00 pm, April 18, 2012, by , updated on: 12:59pm, April 19, 2012


EDMOND, Okla. — It was this month more than 100 years ago, the sound of a shotgun helped settle what would eventually be the state of Oklahoma.

More than a century later, school kids are still enjoying learning about life in the Old West.

Wednesday at Deer Creek Elementary, 4th graders got a glimpse of life on the cattle drive.

The Oklahoma History Center showed up with a chuck wagon and a couple of re-enactors who brought to life this colorful part of our state’s history.

The kids learned, among other interesting facts, that the chuck wagon cook was called anything from the hash slinger to the biscuit shooter.

He was the second most important man on board feeding up to 20 cowboys on their long journey across the open prairie.

Jason Harris with the Oklahoma History Center said, “I just really like getting out and being able to help bring history to life to kids. Everyone always talks about ‘social studies is boring and history is boring’ and this is one way we can help bring textbooks to life.”

The students seemed to have a good time, asking a lot of questions.

Along with the chuck wagon, these 4th graders will take part in a land run reenactment this Friday.