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Odessa in Ector County, Texas — The American South (West South Central)
 

Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang

“50 Years and Still Cooking”

 
 
Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
1. Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Marker
Inscription. Famous for pit cooked barbeque, community spirit, western hospitality. Founded March 1940 by 33 Chamber of Commerce members as Odessa goodwill ambassadors. Served 350 plates in Andrews at first feed. During next 5 decades volunteer cookers traveled millions of miles across highways and airways of Texas, U.S., Scotland, Canada, Mexico, Norway, West Germany. Survived wars, sandstorms, floods, food rationing to feed thousands including governors and 3 presidents. Experts at fast-moving lines, 10 gang members serve up to 1,000 people per hour. Fed a record 41,100 in 3-day event at Grand Ole Opry Fan Fair in Nashville. Non profit gang now composed of 250 Odessa businessmen. Proceeds used to provide scholarships and free meals for needy children.
 
Erected 1990 by Heritage of Odessa Foundation. (Marker Number 19.)
 
Location. 31° 53.01′ N, 102° 23.254′ W. Marker is in Odessa, Texas, in Ector County. Marker can be reached from U.S. 385. Click for map. Marker is just west of the south entrance to the Ector County Coliseum. Marker is at or near this postal address: 4201 Andrews Highway, Odessa TX 79762, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Permian Basin Oil Show (here, next to this marker);
Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Marker image. Click for full size.
By Bill Kirchner, July 11, 2015
2. Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Marker
The Odessa Chuck Wagon Gang Marker is at the far right.
The Permian Basin (here, next to this marker); Permian Basin Fair & Exposition (here, next to this marker); M.O. Boring, Jr. (within shouting distance of this marker); Tom “Pinkie” Roden (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); E.G. Rodman, Sr. (about 300 feet away); W.D. Noel (about 300 feet away); The Cable Tool Rig (about 800 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Odessa.
 
Categories. Charity & Public Work
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. This page has been viewed 126 times since then and 4 times this year. Photos:   1, 2. submitted on , by Bill Kirchner of Tucson, Arizona. • Andrew Ruppenstein was the editor who published this page. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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