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Builder of Authentic Horse-Drawn
Stagecoaches, Wagons & Carriages
Phone: 605-996-8754

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Feb
23

CONSERVATION OF A HISTORIC BUCKBOARD

Unique features and finishes made this wagon one of our favorite restoration projects.

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Jun
23

How to Tie a Break-Away Slip Knot

A Break-Away Slip Knot is the traditional way to tie off the canvas wagon cover on a Prairie Schooner Wagon. We put together a picture tutorial to send along with our historic Prairie Schooner Wagons. Click READ MORE to follow along.

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Mar
17

Transform a Standard Box Wagon to a Covered Chuck Wagon

Follow along as we transform an ordinary farm or box wagon into a Covered Wagon with the added option of a chuck box and additional accessories to create a custom chuck wagon.

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Mar
04

“Making an Entry” with Decorative Wood-Hub Wagon Wheels

This grand entry for Mattress Firm's trade show exhibit using our Decorative Wood Wagon Wheels definitely tied their product line into the western theme for the Houston rodeo.

"Here are a few pics of the Ranch Entries we made for the Houston Rodeo. I aged the wheels I bought from you (Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop) to make them have the outdoor weathered look. Tree logs are facades–we made them too." wrote Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop customer Arnold Sanchez.

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Feb
24

3-Tier Wagon Wheel Chandelier Built by W.T. Kirkman

We always love our wheels.  The last batch is going to a resort, Pine Lakes Lodge, in Ohio. We made two 3-tier and two 36" wagon wheel chandeliers. I am sending you a pic from my phone that I took of the 3 tier out by our building. Thanks again for the quality wheels.

Dawn Kirkman, W.T. Kirkman

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Feb
24

Old World Cart for Medieval Times Dinner & Tournament

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop customer, Leigh Cordner of Kissimmee FL, built this Old World style cart using our 30" diameter Decorative Wood Wagon and Cannon Wheels and 1" round axle.  The cart was incorporated into the tournament productions at the Medieval Times Dinner and Tournament attraction in Orlando FL.

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Feb
24

American Cowboy Features Hansen-Built Stagecoaches

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop's custom stagecoaches were the focus of an article printed in the popular "Gear" section of the April/May 2016 issue of American Cowboy magazine. In this article they referenced an interview with Doug Hansen that highlighted information about everything from historic stagecoach harness to the painted detail on the coach body.

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Dec
15

TODAY’S “Sundays with Harry” Highlights Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop

TODAY’S “Sundays with Harry” highlights a small town South Dakota family business, renowned for building authentic stagecoaches and western horse-drawn vehicles.

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Dec
04

Hansen Stagecoach Displayed at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa

Stop by and see our stagecoach display at the South Point Hotel, Casino & Spa in Las Vegas during the NFR - December 3-12. View more about the NFR in Vegas.

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Dec
03

Wall Steet Journal Article: Horse-Drawn Carriages Fetch Luxury-Car Prices by Emily Glazer

Photo: Madeline Marshall/The Wall Street Journal

South Dakota man does a booming business in stagecoaches and wagons.
For the first time, the Wells Fargo stagecoach made an appearance at the Berkshire Hathaway annual meeting in Omaha, Nebraska.

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Dec
03

Farm Collector Article “The Future of History” by David Sneed

SOUTH DAKOTA CRAFTSMEN PRESERVE AMERICA'S EARLY VEHICLES. In 1887, Clement Studebaker, president of the legendary Studebaker Bros. Mfg. Co., conservatively estimated that America was home to at least 80,000 wagon and carriage builders. By the turn of the 20th century, those numbers had begun to fall sharply. Even so, industry directories still counted close to 40,000 of these firms in 1904.

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Nov
01

Cowboys & Indians - December 2010 Still Cooking by Jordan Rane

This is the sequel to Doug Hansen's article in the July 2009 copy of Cowboys and Indians about stagecoaches. This article is about the historical significance of the chuck wagon.

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Nov
01

Cowboys & Indians - July 2009 The Stagecoach

This copy of Cowboys & Indians features an article about our shop called "The Stagecoach" and features an interview with Doug Hansen.

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Aug
21

Miniature Stagecoach Brings the Romance of the Old West to the Far East

Letcher, S.D. – After 35 years of building authentic, full-size Concord Stagecoaches for companies like Wells Fargo and Express Employment Professionals, Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop put its knowledge of the design and craftsmanship of these stagecoaches to use in building its first three-quarters-size Concord stagecoach.

Why this smaller-size horse-drawn stagecoach? Well, for smaller horses and smaller passengers, of course.

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Jun
29

Deadwood Stagecoach Days at the Days of ‘76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds, July 10 - 11, 2015

Deadwood History and the Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission invite you to attend Deadwood Stagecoach Days at the Days of ‘76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds on July 10 - 11, 2015.  Click here for Tickets through Black Hills Reservations.

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Jun
15

Repaint Reporter Publishes Article About Custom Paint Finishes Used for Horse-Drawn Carriages

Before automobiles and turcks ruled the road, horse-drawn wagon and stagecoaches were an essential part of American life.

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Jun
08

Dakota Royal Charity Draft Horse Show–June 28, 2015

Join us June 28th at 1:00 pm in the Swiftel Center in Brookings, South Dakota for the second annual Dakota Royal Charity Draft Horse Show. See ticket information.

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Jun
08

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop’s Wagons and Stagecoaches Featured in “The Motor Market” Magazine

At Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop, horsepower has a whole new meaning. Instead of vehicles that have pistons, need oil changes and maintenance, these vehicles are powered by animals that need food, water and curry combs.

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May
08

Wells Fargo’s Stagecoach Rolls Into Omaha for Berkshire Meeting

Wells Fargo & Co. rarely misses a chance to wheel out one of its iconic stagecoaches. Little surprise, then, that the bank will be rolling two into Omaha, Neb., this weekend for one of the biggest finance events of the year.

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Mar
18

Chuck Wagon Cookout Setup

Pictured above is a project one of our customers completed using wagon side boards from our inventory of antique wagon parts along with our chuck box and pan boot as well as some of our hand forged chuck wagon accessories and antiques. What a great addition to any cookout area.

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Mar
12

Celebrating the “Big Day” Includes a Carriage Ride

Pat and Becky Thorstenson in their spring wagon during the recessional on their wedding day.

Pat Thorstenson came to us with his springwagon during the months leading up to his wedding day and ask us to fix up his spring wagon to use as the conveyance for the big event.

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Mar
05

Gentle Giants on RFD TV Features Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop will be featured on RFD TV's GENTLE GIANTS on Sunday, March 8th at 4pm CT and Thursday, March 12th at 7:30am CT.

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Mar
04

Chicken Tractor Built from Salvaged Wood Pallets and Hansen’s Wood Wheels

Customer, Jerry Dorland, shared a picture of "The Chicken Inn" he constructed using a pallet as the foundation and salvaged wood from pallets for the walls and roof. Jerry used our Decorative Wood Wagon and Cannon Wheel and Child's Wagon or Cart Axle in a custom size to finish off this chicken coop on wheels.

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Feb
06

Customer Completes Scale Cannon Using Quality Stock Cannon Wheels

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop customer, Dave Scott, completed the 1/2 scale cannon pictured above using our Scale Cannon Wheels and Lynch Pin Axle. Nice job, Dave!

Dave put a lot of research into making sure he had the right components to build this authentic design cannon. Dave used our 30" Scale Cannon Wheels with heavy 4-band hubs and 14 spokes–the standard for most original cannon wheels. He also chose to use our sturdy axles with lynch pin–an original aspect of axles traditionally used on Civil War Era cannons.

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Feb
05

Arizona Based Rental Company Uses Wagons and Wheels to Expand Party Rentals

When Tony Dixon of Arizona Heater Rentals called us to buy a chuckwagon and wagon wheels, he had a clear vision of what he wanted for his Guadalajara Furniture rentals for parties. We outfitted a chuckwagon with a canvas top which reads "Arizona Territory" and Tony used the wagon wheels for a custom serving table to rent out with southwest tables and chairs.

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Feb
01

Louie Hltkrans’s Wagon Models are Part of His Legacy

I recently received an email from a past customer's wife with some pictures attached of the beautiful model stagecoaches and wagons that he had built.

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Jan
20

3/4 Size Stagecoach Built for Safari Park in Japan

This project is one of the favorites for everyone who tours our shop. This pint-sized stagecoach will be pulled by miniature horses for stagecoach rides at a Safari Park in Japan. Although 3/4 the size of a traditional stagecoach, their are no shortcuts. All components are fabricated with the same methods. Be sure to check back as we follow the progess of this unique project through our shop.

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Jan
19

Customer Tops Off His Wagon Restoration with Custom Wagon Cover from HWWS

The staff here at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop always loves seeing pictures of our customer's completed projects. Bill Thomas completed the restoration of this beautiful wagon and topped it off with a custom Sunforger Canvas Wagon Cover from Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop. We especially love how he used his wagon display to add a little nostalgia to the Holidays. Thanks for sharing this Bill. You did a great job and the wagon adds to what is already a beautiful property!

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Jan
05

2015-A Maker’s Story by David Sneed

What better subject to share in a New Year's Eve Blog than a review of a new calendar? We recently received Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop's latest 12-month composition. In our opinion, the folks from South Dakota have outdone themselves this time. The oversized project is packed with full color and early images while also highlighting conservation, restoration and reporduction work done within their shop.

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Oct
23

Restored Fire Hose Cart for Gretna Fire Department

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop was pleased to meet with members of the Gretna Fire Department and give them a shop tour when they picked up the newly restored fire hose cart this past month. This beautiful historic piece now stands as a tribute to the firefighters-past and present-of the Fire Department of Gretna Nebraska.

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Oct
08

Hansen Wheel and Wagon–Dakota Life–09/01/2011

A Letcher, South Dakota business still making horse-drawn carriages, stage coaches, and wagons the old fashioned way. View video on South Dakota Public Broadcasting.

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Oct
07

Keeping It Real For Movies

As the 25th anniversary of the 1990 release of “Dances With Wolves” approaches, a local wagon maker celebrates a quarter of a century in the movie business. When Hollywood needs a wagon or stagecoach that’s right for the plot, South Dakota wainwright Doug Hansen is the man who gets the call. He’s part of a vanishing breed still building and restoring horse-drawn vehicles that are true to their time and place.

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Oct
03

Gentle Giants on RFD-TV

Tune into Gentle Giants on RFD-TV the next 3 Sundays to catch all 3 rounds of the North American Six-Horse Hitch Classic Series Finals from the Oklahoma State Fair! Sundays at 4pm CST or Thursday the 9th, 16th, and 23rd at 7:30 am CST

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Oct
02

Hansen Wheel and Wagon Brings Historic California Stagecoach Back to Life

Before railroads and telegraph wires reached the remote cities and towns of the western U.S., stagecoaches were the fastest way to deliver news. People would gather at stage stops and eagerly await the arrival of newspapers and mail.

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Aug
22

Deadwood Stagecoach Days: 1876-1890, September 5-6, 2014

The Deadwood Historic Preservation Commission, Deadwood History, Inc., and the National Stagecoach and Freight Wagon Association invite you to attend Deadwood Stagecoach Days: 1876-1890 at the Days of '76 Museum and Rodeo Grounds, Deadwood, South Dakota on September 5-6, 2014. We have the information sheet and the registration form available for download or call 605-722-4800.

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Aug
21

South Dakota 125th Birthday Wagon Train 2014-September 3, 2014

Photos courtesy of the Yankton Museum, Yankton, SD and https://history.sd.gov.

Join the wagon train to celebrate South Dakota's 125th Birthday. The wagon train will leave the territorial capital of Yankton, SD on September 4, 2014 with plans to conclude at the State Capital of Pierre, SD on September 20, 2014.

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Jul
16

Replica Stagecoach Graces Wesley Jung Carriage Museum Atrium in Greenbush, WI

If you've ever bought a new car and agonized over the first scratch or dent, you probably have some idea about what went on when the Wesley Jung Carriage Museum received its latest acquistion on Saturday, April 20.

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Jul
14

Hansen-built Stagecoach That Transported Prince William and Kate Undergoes 700-hour Facelift


Demand for coach owned by Express Employment Professionals extends to weddings fit for royalty.

Prince William and Kate ride tallyho aboard the Hansen-built Express Ranch Stagecoach.

We use materials and construction methods authentic to the time period to make our wagons as accurate as possible.

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Jul
14

No. 1 gun: Artillery Museum Rescues Historic Howitzer by Ben Sherman, Fort Sill

"No. 1 gun" - the Experimental No. 1, Model 1923E Pack 75mm howitzer sits in its new home at the Army Field Artillery Museum at Fort Sill. The 90-year old prototype was discovered in a warehouse at Fort Meade, Md. and was brought to Fort Sill for restoration. The Pack 75mm became became the most important artillery piece that U.S. Army and Marine fires batteries used in the critical battles of World War II. These howitzers could be disassembled and loaded onto pack mules to be carried over mountainous terrain.

FORT SILL, Okla. -- The Pack 75mm howitzer has been a familiar artillery piece at Fort Sill for many years. The weapon was accepted by the Army in 1927 after several prototypes were built in the experimental stage. And, even though it was being used by the Army and the Marine Corps, only 91 were built before 1940. It was not used in combat until the United States entered World War II. After it was accepted into service the early experimental models faded into obscurity, until one was discovered by Zane Mohler, Army Field Artillery Museum exhibit specialist here.

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Jul
14

Wagon Wheels Make Great Displays for Ranch Gates and Entries

Both our custom and in stock wood wagon wheels make great focal points for your ranch or property entries.

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May
30

Wagon Wheel Chandelier

We love seeing all the beautiful projects designed and built by our customers. Below is a picture of a two-tiered wagon wheel chandelier made using our Premium Medium/Heavy Wheel and Premium Decorative Wooden Wagon Wheel by Glenn Eilder, owner of Antler and Wood Creations. We also carry a Replica Western M1892 Rifle with Antique Finish which creates an ideal way of connecting the top wheel to the bottom wheel of this rustic chandelier. We love the look.

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May
16

NEW Information in Our “FAQ’s and Wagon History” Section

We added a new section to our FAQ's and Wagon History page called "Wagon Parts and Terminology". In this section, we will explore the history, terminology and applications of different wagon components. The information provided will help you understand the function of your wagon as well as service and repair tips that will increase the enjoyment of your driving experience.

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May
15

Fort Sisseton Historical Festival; Friday-Sunday, June 5-7, 2015

Join us at the Fort Sisseton Historical Festival! Enjoy favorites like cavalry demonstrations, the chuck wagon cook-off, black powder shooting, the rendezvous and more.

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May
09

South Dakota Magazine–Nov/Dec 2008               Fort Pierre to Deadwood

This magazine features an article titled "Fort Pierre to Deadwood" by Doris Lauing. The pictures include Jim Patrick's restored chuck wagon. Read More

Apr
18

Rare 1912 John Deere Iron Clad Wagon Restored by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

Our team at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop restored this beautiful historic 1912 era John Deere Iron Clad Wagon using documentation and antique components from several John Deere Wagons that we had here at our shop. Along with supportive research by David Sneed of Wheels That Won the West, we were able to piece together information to ensure this vehicle would replicate a John Deere wagon of this time period.

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Apr
01

Customer Builds Peddler Wagon Using Wagon Parts from Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

What does it take to complete the challenging project of building a historic merchant's wagon? For Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop customer, Chauncey Christiansen, it entalled getting accurate historic information and authentic wagon and buggy parts combined with his talent for woodcrafting.https://www.hansenwheel.com/store/wagon-parts-supplies/axles-brakes/axles-accessories.html

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Mar
28

American Chuck Wagons by David Sneed

While the beginnings of the chuck wagon are typically credited to Charlie Goodnight, there are sometimes variations within other parts of the history-telling of this vehicle.  It’s another reminder of the importance of relying on the strength of primary sources to help paint the most accurate pictures.  While we know of no photographs that have survived showing Goodnight’s wagon, there have been plenty of descriptions over the years.  One interesting note from the 1930 book, “Cattle,” (see Feb. 19, 2014 blog post) asserts that Mr. Goodnight’s first chuck wagon was pulled by ten yoke of oxen.  It’s a description that lends added credibility to the purported use of a heavier army wagon as the first chuck wagon.  Clearly this information was procured while Goodnight was still alive as the book was published within months of his death.  These and other period accounts help give us a better glimpse of the origins and all-but-lost details of American chuck wagons. Excerpt from Wheels That Won the West blog by David Sneed.

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Mar
24

2014 CAA/CWF International Carriage Symposium

I wanted to thank everyone that attended the 2014 CAA/CWF International Carriage Symposium (VA). I can report that it was an exceptional event with nearly 200 in attendance; sharing the enthusiasm, passion, and camaraderie of the carriage industry with like-minded attendees.
We had a wide range of topics from hat making to the whip industry. A broad representation of speakers from around the world presented talks on wheeled horse-drawn carriages and wagons in their native country, including Argentina, England, Switzerland, Netherlands, Poland, Scotland and the USA.
I greatly enjoyed the opportunity to present on the American Chuck Wagon - covering everything from the invention of the chuck wagon to the present day applications.
Thanks again to all of those who were involved with organizing and hosting this great event!
Doug Hansen - Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

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Feb
10

Wagon Wheel Window

Any way you look at it–it's an impressive view.

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Feb
07

Back on the Trail . . .

Hansen Restores Rare 19th Century Freight Wagon

LETCHER, SD – After more than 500 hours of detailed restoration and conservation work, an extremely rare western freight wagon is ready for even more time on the trail.

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Feb
03

High School Student Refurbishes Hitch Wagon

Ty Robertson, 18, of Grandbury, Texas, was amoung 18 students that competed at the 2014 Fort Worth Stock Show in the Texas MADE (Mechanics, Agriculture, Development and Education) competition. Ty's entry was this historic horse-drawn wagon based on a 1905 Hose Wagon which he spent the last 5 months researching and refurbishing.

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Jan
28

National Western Stock Show-Classic 6-Horse Hitch Finals

There were over 20 participants in the Classic 6-Horse Hitch Show this year at the National Western Stock Show in Denver. The 6-Horse Hitch Events took place on Friday, January 24th and Saturday, January 25th. We would like to congratulate all of the finalists, including those pulling Hansen-built hitch wagons, Express Clydesdales, Mark Messenger Memorial Hitch and Double S Hitch.

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Jan
22

The Fourth CAA/CWF International Carriage Symposium February 19-22, 2014

Please join the Carriage Association of American (CAA) and the Colonial Williamsburg Foundation (CWI) as we welcome twelve European, North American and South American scholars to our fourth International Carriage Symposium. 

Added to the fourteen interesting talks will be a trade fair, a silent auction, and all the historic sites, tours and museums that Colonial Williamsburg has to offer.

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Jan
13

Tips for Stagecoach Travelers–The Omaha Herald

Here is a light hearted article that was presumably printed in The Omaha Herald, October of 1877. This editorial gives us a little insight into the challenges of early travel.

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Jan
10

Chistmas Presents Built Using Wagon Springs Were a Big Hit

Every year before Christmas we receive many phone calls from customers requesting information and products to create one-of-a-kind gifts. This year we received requests for everything from plow handles and hobby wheels for gun carts to wagon seat springs for decorative benches. The picture above was sent to us from Drew Hendricks who handcrafted these beautiful Wagon Seat Benches for members of his family. Nice job, Drew!

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Jan
06

Two Wells Fargo Stagecoaches Entered as Float in the 2014 Rose Bowl Parade

These two replica stagecoaches were custom built by Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop for Wells Fargo Bank using original Abbot Downing stagecoach specifications. These colorful stagecoaches were adorned with fresh roses to complete this picturesque float for the Rose Bowl Parade.

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Jan
01

Cowboys & Indians - December 2010                   Still Cooking by Jordan Rane

This is the sequel to Doug Hansen's article in the July 2009 copy of Cowboys and Indians about stagecoaches. This article is about the historical significance of the chuck wagon.

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Jan
01

Wild West- October 2009                                       Giants in the Land

This issue shows the restoration of freight wagons by Hansen Wheel & Wagon.

   

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Jan
01

Cowboys & Indians - March 2010                         The Casey Tibbs Ride

Read Greg Latza's article on the Casey Tibbs Trail Ride

   

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Jan
01

Wade House Revisited: New visitor center features interactive exhibits.

Our family farm was three miles north of Greenbush, population 162, and much of what I grew up with there — a three-room schoolhouse, general store, restaurant and taverns —- are long gone.

The biggest draw of what remains, a state historic site, for decades has been hidden from the view of harried travelers. That is thanks to the rerouting of Wisconsin’s Highway 23 in the 1970s, to bypass the community.

Out of sight, out of mind? Attendance at the Wade House and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, like most other historic sites, has been seasonal and stagnant, but now the opening of a 38,000-square-foot visitor center aims to change this.

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Dec
31

Ventana Monthly Magazine Features Pictures of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Stagecoach

Long time friend and customer of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop, Roger Haley, was featured in the October 2013 issue of the Ventana Monthly. The article, A Legacy of the Land, highlighted the 100 year anniversary of the Haley Ranch in Ventura, CA. A picture of Roger along with his Henderson-Style Stagecoach custom built by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop was featured on the cover of the magazine.

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Dec
19

Archived Email Newsletter

We now have our archived Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Newsletters available online. Check out news on past shop projects or updates on new products.

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Dec
12

The Melding of Transportation–Moving from the Past into the Future

This is a very unique photo along with a brief synopsis from the Oregon State Archives showing the melding of the transportation of the past to the ways of the future. The time frame of this photo was likely in the 30's or 40's.

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Oct
23

Interview with Doug Hansen posted on Wheels That Won The West blog spot.

Recently, David Sneed did an interview with Doug Hansen about Western Vehicles in South Dakota and posted it on his popular blog spot Wheels That Won The West.

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Oct
18

Conestoga Style Wagon Built for the Wisconsin Historical Society

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop has just completed a Fifth Wheel Covered Wagon for the Wisconsin Historical Society.

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Sep
26

Identifying Wagon Types. . .

Posted by David Sneed, Wheels That Won The West® Archives

It has a curved body, lynch pins on the axles, twisted chains, forged metal work, side-mounted tool box, raked end gates, more than 8 bows and is known for freighting product along the eastern U.S. – Sounds like a Conestoga, right?  Not necessarily.

Historic Nissen Tobacco Wagon in stock at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

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Sep
05

Horseless Carriage Club of America Tours Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop was honored to provide a tour on Sept 4th to the Horseless Carriage Club of America, who arrived in approximately 30 antique horseless carriages.  The club included vehicles from throughout US, some from as far as California to Pennsylvania. Vehicles must have been built in 1915 or earlier to qualify for inclusion in the club.

 

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Aug
23

Budweiser Wagon Ready for Upcoming Events

Budweiser just recently picked up their newly repaired and restored hitchwagon that they use for special events all around the US. This particular Budweiser Wagon will be making an appearance at the Minnesota Twins game on August 28th, 2013!

 

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Aug
23

HWWS Completes Authentic Yellowstone Coach

We've just completed an authentic reproduction of a Yellowstone Coach here at the shop.

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Aug
23

1840’s Emigrant Covered Wagon

We just completed construction of a historically accurate reproduction of an 1840s Emigrant Covered Wagon similar to those that the Donner-Reed Company may have used in their travels to California in 1846-47.

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Jul
11

Express Wins Top Prize at the 2013 Calgary Stampede’s Heavy Horse Show

Hansen Wheel & Wagon would like to congratulate everyone that placed in the 2013 Calgary Stampede's Heavy Horse Show.

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Jun
06

Congratulations to Deadwood’s Day’s of ‘76 Committee on the Museum’s Grand Opening

Days of '76 Museum

The whole crew here at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop would like to extend our congratulations to the Day's of '76 on the grand opening of their new museum. If you weren't able to make it to the Grand Opening Event held May 25th, 2013 at this new facility, you'll enjoy the photos posted in our Events Showcase.

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May
30

BANNING: Rides offered on restored stagecoach

A highlight of this weekend’s Gilman Ranch Wild West Festival will be the debut of a restored stagecoach, the first of the museum’s wagons to be restored

BY GAIL WESSON, Staff Writer for The Press Enterprise  

The first stagecoach from the Gilman Ranch collection to be restored will be available for rides at this weekend's Gilman Ranch Wild West Festival in Banning.

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop, a South Dakota firm known for its historic restoration work (on horse-drawn vehicles), completed the restoration project earlier this year. The stagecoach is called a mud wagon because it was equipped for rugged routes.

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Apr
17

Military Honors Platoon brings ‘new’ wagon to Fort Sam Museum

The 1870's Army Escort Wagon will go on display at the Fort Sam Houston Museum when it moves to the Quadrangle early 2014; it can also be used by U.S. Army North (Fifth Army) during parades and other public events.

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Apr
10

Authentic Reproduction of the M1878 Army Escort Wagon at the Fort Sam Houston Museum

Using the same Quartermaster Specifications as those used for the original M1878 Escort Wagon, Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop built this historic army wagon for the Fort Sam Houston Museum in San Antonio TX. View our M1878 Army Escort Wagon Showcase.

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Apr
01

Wade House revisited: New visitor center features interactive exhibits.

Our family farm was three miles north of Greenbush, population 162, and much of what I grew up with there-a three-room schoolhouse, general store, restaurant and taverns-are long gone.

The biggest draw of what remains, a state historic site, for decades has been hidden from the view of harried travelers. that is thanks to the rerouting Wisconsin's Highway 23 in the 1970's, to bypass the community.

Out of sight, out of mind? Attendance at the Wade House and Wesley W. Jung Carriage Museum, like most other historic sites, has been seasonal and stagnant, but now the opening of a 38,000-square-foot visitors center aims to chang this.

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Mar
05

What is Axle Gauging?

Axle Gauging is an important part of vehicle maintenance and restoration, no different than getting an alignment on your car.

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Feb
27

Chuck Wagon Competitions are Fun-Filled Community Events

Chuck wagon cookoff events are quickly becoming a popular pastime as people look for fun, wholesome ways to connect with America's heritage.

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Feb
14

Historical Restoration Completed for the Gilman Wagon Museum

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop has just completed the historical restoration of a large stagecoach for the Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum in Banning, California.

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Feb
06

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Chuck Wagon Featured in German Film “Gold”

Last year Hansen Wheel & Wagon shop was contacted by a film company in Germany to provide a chuck wagon for use in the production of their movie "Gold".

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Jan
03

Jackson Fork Ranch and Windermere Farms Participate in Rose Parade

Congratulations again to Jackson Fork Ranch and Windermere Farms who were asked to participate in the 2013 Rose Parade.

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Dec
08

Wells Fargo Stage Coaches Make Appearances for Many Special Events

One of the Wells Fargo coaches made by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop was in Charlotte, NC where the Marines were busy gathering gifts for Toys for Tots.

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Dec
07

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Featured on Science/Discovery Channel’s “How It’s Made”

It's been a long time coming, but our segments on Science/Discovery Channel's popular "How It's Made" series are now scheduled to air.

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Sep
11

Stagecoach returns to Cozad                               Tuesday, September 11, 2012

by Kevin Zelaya C-H staff writer

COZAD – The wood has been restored and new paint has been applied and after months being away, the stagecoach is back to its home at the 100th Meridian Museum in Cozad.

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