Rose John (w2455)

Rose John (w2455)

Alias-Pseudonimo-Pseudonyme: Overland Jack
Nationality-Nazionalità-Nationalité: USA
Birth/death-Nascita/morte-Naissance/mort: 1888-1962
Means of transport-Mezzo di trasporto-Moyen de transport: Others, Altri, Autres
Geographical description-Riferimento geografico-Référence géographique: USA
Inscriptions-Iscrizioni-Inscriptions: This Texas Goat Wagon has been over the states of Tex., N. Mex., Colo., Kan., Mo., Ill., Ind., Ky., Tenn., Ala., Miss., Lo. Ark., Okla., Nedr., Wyo., Mont., S. Dak. and Ariz., a distance of 30'000 miles since 1909. the team was trained by Overland Jack of Big Sandy, Tex., owner and driver. The average weight of each goat being 100 lbs. the harness was manufactured at Big Sandy, Texas, costing $30.00. This team on a test pulled 2.500 lbs. The team averages 10 miles per day with 600 lb. camping outfit. Each goat is fed 2 quarts of grain per day. The wagon was manufactured at Gilmer, Texas, costing $80.00. The team cost $25.00 . Price of pictures 10c each, 3 for 25c. No trouble to answer questions.

That buyers are plentiful is shown by the fact that he owns two farms and has a respectable bank account." (...) "He has proved that a man can make his way in the world without even a leg to stand on.

Popular science, 1922

A large tombstone—with a goat’s head carved to the right and a revolver to the left—marks the resting place of John “Overland Jack” Rose in Chilton Cemetery in Big Sandy. Centered above his name, a small oval holds a picture of John, his wagon, and his goat team.

John, born in Virginia in 1888, fell beneath the wheels of a freight train and lost both of his legs at age nine. By means of hand-walking props that he made himself, he was able to remain ambulatory and complete his education. At age 20, he began traveling the country, driving a small wagon drawn by goats. He eventually settled in Big Sandy, built a home beside Everman Lake, and, refusing public aid or charity, supported himself and his goats by doing small repair jobs on watches, eyeglasses, guns, and antique clocks. Each year in early spring, “The Goat Man,” as townspeople affectionately called him, would set out from Big Sandy, making about 10 miles a day, stopping to sell postcards of himself for a dime, and doing repair work whenever he could find it. By the time automobiles made the roads too dangerous and ended his travels, he had toured 19 states and covered some 30,000 miles.

Overland Jack died in 1962. His personal property was auctioned, and his goat cart donated to Tyler’s Caldwell Zoo.


Rest not
Life is sweeping by
go and dare before you die.
Something mighty and sublime,
leave behind to conquer time.

Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

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