Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop

Builder of Authentic Horse-Drawn
Stagecoaches, Wagons & Carriages
Phone: 605-996-8754
May
03

The Introduction of the Dakota Cowboy Chuck Wagon-Over 25 Years Ago

Nothing has intrigued me more than the cowboy way of life, particularly during the great cattle drive era. Twenty years ago, after compiling information from books, journals and first hand accounts from the old timers that worked as young boys on the cattle drives, I set out to design the ultimate Dakota Cowboy Chuck Wagon. These custom wagons are built using historic box wagons as the foundation for a one-of-a-kind collector's piece. Next step is to incorporate all the functionality and styling of the original chuckwagons with a custom chuck box and water barrel along with optional belly box, tool box, jockey box, panty and pan boot. Your chuckwagon isn't complete until it as all the historic trapping and tools that would have been necessary to survive out on the trail. Click here to view a showcase of some of our Dakota Cowboy Chuck Wagons

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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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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

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
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
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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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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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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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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