Will Rogers Birthplace Ranch will showcase a covered wagon, a new addition to the ranch, when visitors will share in a demonstration and tasting of chuckwagon cooking on an open fire during Family Day at the Ranch Saturday, Oct. 13.
The covered wagon on display at the Ranch is a gift from Lynn and Barbara Owens of Owasso. The former owner of Frontier International Trucking, a Tulsa business for 33 years, the company logo had a Conestoga wagon on it and he used wagons for display in his office.
Demonstration of an open fire meal, much as the cooks provided for drovers on a cattle drive or working cattle in the 1800's Rogers’ Ranch, will be 1-3 p.m. Family Day.
Family Day is just that, a day at the ranch in a family-friendly atmosphere. It is a lesson on history of what life was like on an early day Indian Territory Ranch like that homesteaded by Clem Rogers and later a part of his Cherokee allotment.
The house and log-walled room where Will was born and era-correct Amish-built barn is open to the public 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily (closed Monday and Tuesday Nov. 11-March 1). Horses, longhorn cattle and other livestock roam the hills and shores of Oologah Lake.
Owens said he bought his first wagon in 1983 and kept it on display for people to see when they drove up outside the business. When it deteriorated, he bought the second one in 2012, but kept it inside the parts department lobby.
He bought the second wagon from Hansen Wagon & Wheel in South Dakota. The chassis is original, but the box has been rebuilt, he said.
Owens told Jacob Krumwiede, Birthplace Ranch manager and Museums assistant director, he picked the ranch for the wagon’s new home because he wanted it to be in a place where it could be appreciated and where it would fit the atmosphere.