The Hoodoo Wagon

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The Hoodoo Wagon was an early version of a present day vending trailer. It came into existence sometime around 1908, when the first picture, above, was taken. Amie and Mamie Cooksey, daughters of Town Marshal Dock Cooksey, ran the wagon, cooking and serving the food. Mrs. Rachel Hicks bought out the business sometime in the 1920s, and she ran it until 1935. Affectionately known to all as “Aunt Rachel,” she mainly served hamburgers and fried pies, but would occasionally fry up chicken, and serve it until it was gone.
When the Hoodoo Lunch Wagon began its legendary run in Glasgow, it was set up in several different areas of the Public Square, best known in the early days of its existence to set up in the shade of the trees across from the City Scales on Main Street, which area would now be across from the County Government Building. The town council gave permission to move it to the Cartwright Lot, off the Square, in 1926. This is the lot at the corner of Race and Main Streets, where the JC Penney building is now located. There the Wagon did quite a business from the tobacco warehouses that lined West Main Street, and a little later by the employees of the pants factories.
Needless to say, too many complainers of its open air atmosphere, more in line with a fairgrounds, caused its ultimate demise. The vanishing reverence and all…

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About Gclee

I am a long time genealogy and local history hunter from Barren Co., KY. I have many stories to share that may be of interest to other local genealogists and history buffs. I enjoy this as a hobby and hope I can be of encouragement to others. I also hope everyone enjoys my stories as much as I have enjoyed learning about them.
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