Reinforcing this history, there are a number of folks involves in building, conserving, and restoring these unique western vehicles today. After decades in the business, Doug Hansen of Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop has become well known for quality vehicles of all types, including his Dakota Cowboy chuck wagons. Leaning heavily on history, these pieces have showcased events from coast to coast. Leveraging his familiarity with chuck wagons, Hansen recently delivered an in-depth presentation on the design during the Carriage Association’s biennial meeting in Colonial Williamsburg. His address provided additional insight into the vehicle’s birth, design, and trails as well as participants, outfitting, and cooking. Details from events like this one help draw additional interest in the promotion and preservation of these vehicles.
Read the complete blog by David Sneed, Wheels That Won the West.