Mocha Camphouse [#1]
October, 1938

The Mocha camp house, a vertical board-sided building with a porch across the front, on the O'Connor Melon Creek Ranch. Two sleeping cots equipped with mosquito netting are set up on one end of the porch. A trailer is parked near an open door on the side of the house.

Notes: The camphouse system was developed after the turn of the century. Before that, the cowhands slept on the ground and around the wagons. Because of the new dipping laws, in 1922, the ranchers needed to have large dipping vats and camp areas were built up around these vats. All of the cattle on the ranches had to be run through the vats every fourteen days. A tremendous amount of time was spent in camp during the dipping days. Source: "Cryin' for Daylight"



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Mocha Camphouse [#1]