Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop

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

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Feb
14

Historical Restoration Completed for the Gilman Wagon Museum

This stagecoach came to us from the Gilman Wagon Museum in solid structural condition which allowed us the option of preserving rather than recreating most of the body and undercarriage of this massive piece of transportation history. While removing the multiple layers of paint and grime from the stagecoach, we found evidence of this vehicle being utilized for many different purposes over its century and a half of service. Sharing our findings with the staff at the Gilman Wagon Museum, we mapped out a course of restoration that would reflect the stagecoach as it could have appeared while in use during the late 1880's. This stagecoach showed all the evidence of being a purely western stagecoach design-more than likely built in the California area making this a truly historically significant piece for the Gilman Wagon Museum. To highlight that regional history, our team here at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop created a aged golden yellow finish reflective of the original color of the stagecoach after years of service and added period accurate lettering and striping detail to highlight the Banning, California area. Enjoy some of our pictures below of the restored stagecoach followed by the "before" picture of the wagon.

Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop created a aged golden yellow finish with aged patina.

All new leather components were stained to complement the aged paint patina of the stagecoach.

Tufted rugged leather upholstery was added-reminiscent of the era.

Custom lettering and design appropriate striping with a time-worn appearance completed the transformation.

Find out more about The Gilman Historic Ranch and Wagon Museum here.