What is a soogan?

Marshall Trimble

What is a soogan?

Kurt House
San Antonio, Texas

A soogan is a quilt or wool blanket wrapped inside a waterproof tarp. Given its bulk, the cowboy usually chucked his bedroll into a bed wagon or the hooligan wagon, which also carried food and water through rough country. If he traveled alone, he likely brought along a pack animal to carry the soogan, as it was too large to tie behind his saddle.

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