The taco truck prediction is an old one though, and it dates back to the 1860 election of Abraham Lincoln when Emmett Lee Dickinson (Emily Dickinson’s third cousin, twice removed – at her request) envisioned a Nacho wagon on every corner.
Shortly after Dickinson invented corn tortilla chips, his third cousin Emily used them in her original recipe for Cajun Nachos. When her first batch of Cajun Nachos came out of the oven, rumor has that she and her siblings couldn’t get enough! As a matter of fact, on the day she invented Cajun Nachos, Emily Dickinson wrote her poem “Mine – by the Right of the White Election!” (below) after she refused to share any of the first batch with her brother Austin and sister Lavinia.
Mine – by the Right of the White Election!
Mine – by the Royal Seal!
Mine – by the Sign in the Scarlet prison –
Bars – cannot conceal!
Mine – here – in Vision – and in Veto!
Mine – by the Grave's Repeal –
Tilted – Confirmed –
Mine – long as Ages steal!
Pictured at the right: An excerpt from a letter written by Emily Dickinson on the morning she invented Cajun Nachos.
Emmett Lee Dickinson also loved his third cousin’s treat, and he introduced them to his best friend, Abraham Lincoln. Dickinson recognized the power the treat would have over the electorate, so he and his brothers traveled the country with Nacho wagons, samples of Emily Dickinson’s Cajun Nachos, and the promise that, if elected, Lincoln would ensure Nacho wagons on every street corner!
Pictured below left and right: Nacho wagons that Emmett Lee Dickinson and his brothers traveled the country with in 1860. The Dickinson brothers promised that if elected, Abraham Lincoln would provide Nacho Wagons on every street corner.
Lincoln was all set to fulfill the Dickinsons' promise – until the attack on Fort Sumter and South Carolina’s secession from the Union. At that point, he turned his attention from Cajun Nachos to civil unrest.