Billiards helped travelers and employees cope with boredom, idleness, and loneliness. Journals and diaries mention that cards and gemes of backgammon, chess, and checkers were played to ease the long days and nights. Susan Magoffin exclaimed that "I hear the cackling of chickens at such a rate sometimes I shall not be surprised to hear of a cock-pit." William Bent's son George, recalled that "across one end of the room ran a counter or bar, over which drinkables were served." The company's 1839 ledger shows a diverse assortment of drink; 12 boxes claret wine, 37 gallons brandy, and 58 gallons of rum. Lt. James Abert used the room as an art studio, positioning a Cheyenne model "upon the billiard table." The man "sat perfectly motionless" until the painting was completed and then asked that his name "Bear Above" be written underneath.
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