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Stagecoaches, Wagons & Carriages
Phone: 605-996-8754

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Jul
21

Wheelwrighting Presentations at Frontier Park

The newest attraction at Cheyenne Frontier Days™ offers unique Western experiences.

At this year's Cheyenne Frontier Days celebration, Doug of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop will join with a group of craftsmen demonstrating their trade as part of the Western Experience at Frontier Park, where he will provide wheelwright demonstrations to the public--July 22nd-29th. Demonstrations will be daily at 11am-2pm and 5pm-7pm. In addition Hansen Wheel will also have a booth open from 9am-7pm daily, so be sure to stop by and say "Howdy" and take in the display of craftsmanship and browse the selection of items available for sale

For locations of events visit: http://www.cfdrodeo.com/park-map/

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Apr
24

“Branding” Your Wagon

During the cattle drive days, branding was a mark of ownership usually applied to livestock. Ranchers established the value of their animals based on their reputation in the ranching industry and oftimes a brand was a large determination of the amount that the purchaser was willing to pay for livestock. 

"Branding" is still a mark of ownership and level of quality today, in all products and services. We've worked with our clients and customers to project the quality of their products, services and their pride of ownership through branding on the horse-drawn vehicles that we've provided them. Take a look at some of the unique ways that you can promote your business or services through the nostalgia of wagons and the horse-drawn era.

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Mar
23

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop Highlighted on “Today’s Wild West”

Today’s Wild West - the new documentary-style series on today’s American West - and all things Western - can be seen right now - FREE! 

 

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Mar
23

Decor Wagon Wheels Make Stunning Stair Railings

We enjoy receiving pictures of the creative ways our customers utilize our wagon wheels to enhanse their decor. Above are some of the different ways that they have incorporated wagon wheels into railings to add western flair to their homes and vacation cabins.

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Mar
22

PRESERVING HISTORY—YELLOWSTONE TOURING COACH

Historic artifacts just don't get any better than this! The original Yellowstone Touring Coach by Abbot-Downing Company, pictured here, came to us from the Wyoming State Museum with all original wood still intact, but coated in eight layers of paint in varying shades of yellow.    

 

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Mar
22

Customer Builds Stunning Scale Cannon

This is a half-scale 6-pounder (I built) with your wheels. I bought them around 3 years ago. They make the cannon!!! Every piece of wood on this piece is hickory. I made the trunk out of two 10 quarter by 12 rough sawn (pieces of) Hickory. The barrel came out of Arkansas, I think. It's a real crowd pleaser. I started with the barrel and then started searching for wheels. The realm of choices is endless. . . The most expensive component of this cannon are your wheels and it was money well spent.

Kenneth L. Hailey

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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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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 your decorative 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
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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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
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

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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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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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
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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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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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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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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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
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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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
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

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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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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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
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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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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