Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop

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

Clients

Following is a listing of Museums, Collector’s that have chosen Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop for their restoration/repair/construction or consultation and assessment needs.

 Client List includes:

 

MUSEUMS:

LITTLETON HISTORY MUSEUM - “Doug, I thought you would like to see how we used the half wagon we purchased from you.” - Littleton, Colorado

    

GREAT PLATTE RIVER ARCHWAY - Kearney, Nebraska (since 2000); Construction of Conestoga wagon, Covered wagon, and Morman Handcart- with finish techniques to appear worn and used. Our scope of work also included consulting with Design Co. to assure we were providing the right product and service, research on authentic aspects of displays and props, as well as the delivery and installation of the wagons and the handcart. We also supplied a large number of the period correct props for display throughout the museum.

 

 BOOTH WESTERN ART MUSEUM - Cartersville, GA (since 2001); Restoration and Preservation of original 1865 Concord Stagecoach, with aged patina finish to replicate used and worn appearance. All authentic materials were used- but were antiqued to appear old. We also assisted in the installation of the coach in the museum and provided documentation (with photos) of the scope of the work. “In 2001, the Booth Art Museum purchased an original 1865 Concord Stagecoach for exhibit in our new museum. Our goal was for the vehicle to be restored to original, but used condition. After reviewing proposals from several firms, we chose Hansen Wheel and Wagon Shop to complete the project. Hansen and staff were very sensitive to our wishes and consulted with our staff throughout the project, as well as assisted with installing the coach in the museum. We could not be more pleased with the result. Our coach is one of the highlights of our collection and a favorite with our visitors. I would highly recommend Hansen Wheel & Wagon to anyone who may have a need of their services.” -Seth Hopkins, Executive Director, Booth Western Art Museum

 

DAYS OF '76 MUSEUM - Deadwood, SD (since 1990); Evaluation and Assessment of value of Collection and cost to restore vehicles, Assessment of safety of vehicles to be used in annual parade, and restoration and preservation of original vehicles for museum exhibit, with full documentation (including photos) of the scope of the work. We also assisted with the delivery and installation of various vehicles after restoration. Those types of vehicles restored include Concord Buggy, Ore Wagon, Beer wagon, Band wagon, Stagecoach, and the construction of a new Mud wagon Coach for display and parade use.

 

SISKIYOU COUNTY MUSEUM - Vreka, CA (since 2003) Constructed authentic replica of immigrant's Prairie Schooner covered wagon- with antiqued finish to give aged appearance.

 

HENRY FORD MUSEUM & GREENFIELD VILLAGE - Dearborn, MI (since 1999); Consulting and Evaluation Services- Assessment of safety of vehicles used to transport visitors. Repair and restoration work on Omnibus and construction of authentic Delivery Wagon for daily use, and restoration of large Circus Wagon wheels. Provided new hitch equipment for use on working Greenfield Village. “Vehicles for Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop not only perform very well, but really give our visitors a taste of a past era. We have been very happy with the Express Wagon built for us by Hansen's in 1999.” - Chris Wilson, Henry Ford Museum & Greenfield Village.

 

STONYBROOK LONG ISLAND MUSEUM - Long Island, NY (since 2002); Restored original Birdsell Farm wagon for a museum display with finish techniques to appear worn and used. Wagon is completely outfitted with authentic trappings of a period correct covered wagon.

 

WELLS FARGO BANKS & MUSEUMS - San Francisco, CA & Minneapolis, MN (since 1999); Restoration and preservation of historic Abbott Downing Concord Coach #739 with antiqued finish, for display in Minneapolis Museum. Also constructed new freight bob sled with aged patina finish. We have built a number of replica Concord Coaches for Wells Fargo - for both museum display and for active use in parades and filming shoots.

 

DANISH-AMERICAN IMMIGRANT MUSEUM - Rebuil, Zutland, Denmark (since 1995); Research and construction of authentic replica Schooner style immigrant's wagon - completely outfitted with the period correct paraphernalia -and a variety of props for museum exhibit.

 

JOHNSON COUNTY MUSEUM OF HISTORY - Franklin, IN (since 2003); Wagon components and bows, canvas tops for covered wagons, barrels and props for interpretive museum display.

 

CHISHOLM TRAIL MUSEUM - Duncan, OK (since 2003); Completely outfitted authentic cowboy chuck wagon for interpretive center museum display. Delivery and installation into museum setting.

 

W.H. OVER MUSEUM - Vermillion, SD (since 2000); rebuilt antique wooden spoked car wheels.

 

FORT LARNED MUSEUM - Larned, KS (since 2002); Authentic replica wood-hub Army Ambulance wheels for museum exhibit.

 

SOUTH DAKOTA HERITAGE CENTER - Pierre, SD (since 1985); Complete restoration of original Governor's Landau coach, Immigrants Democrat Wagon, Albany Cutter, original Abbott-Downing Mud wagon stage, and original Farm Wagon for museum display. Construction of ship's wheel for river boat interactive exhibit. “Hansen Wheel Shop has restored a number of vehicles for the SD State Historical Society, including this elegant five-glass landau, an Albany cutter, and a Democrat Wagon. We entrusted Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop with these vehicles because we could rely on them for museum quality work.” - David Hartley, Museum Director

 

NORTH DAKOTA COWBOY HALL OF FAME - Starview Enterprises- Gackle, ND (since 2004); Original Newton Wagon with authentic cowboy camp props.

 

VOLKENING HERITAGE FARM - Schaumburg Park District, Schaumburg, IL (since 2003); Original Winona farm wagon for museum display.

 

OREGON TRAIL INTERPRETIVE CENTER - Baker City, OR (since 2002); Wagon components and parts, bows and brakes for museum exhibits.

 

 

Historical Societies and Historical Sites

SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA CIVIL WAR ASSOCIATION - Chino, CA (since 2002); Replica Army Escort Wagon for reenactment use and display. “I contacted Doug Hansen for help in obtaining a wagon to resemble and 1860's US Army Transport wagon. The experience with Hansen's was great as they allowed me to reestablish and provide a piece of history that was missing up until now. Thank you Doug, and everyone at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop, for all your professional experience and support.” - Gary Fradella, Southern California Civil War Assoc.

 

THE OCONTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - The Oconto County Historical Society; “Thanks again for a great job! We were able to enter the restored water wagon in our local parade thanks to some wonderful new wheels you made for us. It was a great sight to see this wagon again on our streets.” - Karl Ballestad, Vice President

 

FORT ABRAHAM LINCOLN FOUNDATION - Mandan, ND (since 2004); New authentic Conestoga style six- mule wagon built with 1870's specifications, original style mortised joinery and hand-forged hardware.

 

IMPERIAL COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Imperial, CA (since 2002); Rebuilt antique heavy truck wheels, wooden components and vulcanized rubber tiring.

 

CITY OF KETCHUM - Ketchum, ID (since 2004); On site assessment of value and condition of large collection of vehicles and historic research on Freighter wagons to be used in annual parade. Complete documentation with photos.

 

OHIO HISTORICAL SOCIETY - FORT MEIGS - Columbus, OH (since 2004); Constructed authentic replica circa 1812 Howitzer cannon and limber for museum display.

 

ARIZONIA HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Flagstaff Arizonia (since 2004); Total restoration of original logging cart and 10 foot wheels.

 

OCONTO COUNTY HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Oconto, WI (since 2005); Rebuilt wheels on original hub.

 

FORT LARAMIE NATIONAL HISTORICAL SOCIETY - Fort Laramie, WY (since 2004); Construction of authentic replica Mountain Howitzer cannon wheels.

 

FORT KING GEORGE HISTORICAL SITE - Darien, CO (since 2002); Authentic replica Prairie Howitzer wheels.

 

FORT SILL NATIONAL HISTORIC MONUMENT - Fort Sill, OK (since 2003); Authentic replica Prairie Howitzer cannon wheels.

 

FORT UNION NATIONAL MONUMENT - Watrous, NM (since 2004); Rebuilt authentic style wheels using original hubs. “Fort Union National Monument would like to thank you and your staff for the beautiful job on our new wagon wheels. They will be admired by many visitors over the coming years.” - Fort Union National Monument

 

MORMAN HANDCART VISITORS CENTER - Alcova, WY (since 2002); Wagon components and parts, canvas wagon cover, barrels and props for museum display.

 

BLUE ISLAND PARK DISTRICT - Blue Island, IL (since 2003); Authentic replica cannon wheels.

 

 

NAVEL EXPLOSIVE ORDINANCE DIVISION - (since 2003); Authentic replica cannon carriage and wheels. “I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent quality of work and customer service provided by your company in the recent restoration of cannon wheels for the Naval Explosive Ordinance Division. The cannon wheels had deteriorated to the point that they were no longer usable and required a complete replacement. Our experience in dealing with your company has shown that: you initially submitted a very competitive bid & during the entire restoration period, you stayed with the agreed upon price; you provided our personnel with the necessary & accurate information to safely ship the wheels to your location; you established & maintained a reasonable time frame to complete the restoration of the wheels; and as an end result, you produced a quality product. The overall Command will benefit as a result of your company's professional performance. On behalf of the Naval EOD, please extend to your employees my personal congratulations for a job well done!” -D.M. Renwick, Captain, US Navy Command Officer

 

 

Theme Parks and Design Studios

EXHIBIT CONCEPTS INCORPORATED - Vandalia, OH (since 2003); Construction of completely outfitted chuck wagon and large freight wagon, as well as a wide variety of period correct props for museum display.

 

SPLIT ROCK STUDIOS - Arden Hills, MN (since 2004); Construction of Prairie Schooner style covered wagon and the rear half of a covered wagon for interactive, interpretive center. We gave these wagons an antiqued patina finish to replicate the original wagons.

 

HUFFINES & ASSOCIATES - Dallas, TX (since 2003); Construction of Revolutionary French Iron 6# Gribeauval Cannon carriages and wheels. We also delivered these cannons and assisted with installation in facility.

 

 

Public and Private Collections

WILLIAM MORRIS COLLECTION - Augusta, GA; Authentic replica 24-passenger Abbott-Downing Touring coach-(built from exact documentation of original Crawford House Hotel Coach in Stonybrook Museum, NY), Conestoga style covered wagon, and completely outfitted Chuck wagon for active use in horse drawn parades and for exhibit in private collection museum.

 

GRANT'S FARM COLLECTION - BUDWEISER – (since 2000) St. Louis, MO Consulting and Evaluation services- On-site assessment of authenticity and value of vehicles in collection, as well as safety assessment of those vehicles that are still in use. Authentic restoration work on several vehicles and repair and wheel work to other vehicles, making them operable. Full documentation, with photos, of the collection.

 

WILLIAM NIGG PRIVATE COLLECTION - Brownsvalley, MN (since 1983) Restoration of various original vehicles for collection - Restoration of original Abbott-Downing Mud wagon coach, restoration of antique popcorn wagon. “I've had Hansen Wheel & Wagon restore for me since their early beginnings. Their work is exceptional and it has always been a pleasure working with Doug and his select crew. The evolution of this shop has been very interesting to watch, going from a small depot building to the top-of-the-line business that it is today. This couldn't have happened without many satisfied and repeat customers.” - Bill Nigg, West Browns, SD

 

 

Additional Clients

The following are some customers who have chosen Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop to build their authentic horse drawn vehicles:

 

Bill Nigg

SD

Abott & Downing Mud wagon

Chuck Ostrosky

SD

Surrey

Craige Bair

CO

Chuck Wagon

Sun Silver West Gallery

AZ

Gypsy Wagon

Randy Price

MS

Hitch Wagon

Bruce Prins

SD

Chuck Wagon

Wells Fargo Bank

MN

Delivery Bob Sleigh

Ken Keyes

MT

Sheep Herders Wagon

Rocking K Ranch

MT

John Deere Farm wagon

Kirk Fenoff

Vt

Hitch Wagon

C.M. Bishop

WA

Weber Farm Wagon

Jung Enterprise

UT

Mountain Wagon

Wells Fargo Bank

CA

Western Stage Coach

Walt Disney, Tokyo Seas

Tokyo

Revolutionary Cannon, and Wheels

Wells Fargo Creative Services

CA

Documentary

Design Craftsmen

MI

Nebraska Archway Museum Prairie Schooners and Props

B. Canella

Paris France

Buckboard

Sheranian Ranches

UT

Chuck Wagon, Farm Wagon, Hitch Wagon

Wells Fargo Bank

CA

Western Stage Coach

Wagon Master Antiques

KS

Chuck Wagon and Sheep Wagon

Flying H Ranch

WY

Touring Wagon Brakes

Warner Brothers Property

CA

Hitch Equipment

Highway 61 Production Co.

SD

Wells Fargo Film

Tim Hullinger Wheels

SD

Stage Wheels

Henry Ford Museum

MI

Cut Under Delivery Wagon, Omnibus

Frank Long

CA

21-Passenger Mud wagon

Modern Continental

MA

2 24-passenger Stage Coaches

Ronnie Wagner

TX

California Stake Bed, and Chuck Wagon

Siskiyou County Museum

CA

Prairie Schooner

Express Ranches

OK

24-passenger Stage Coach

Days of 76 Museum

SD

Landau and Bandwagon

Anhueser Busch

MO

Wheels and Vulcanized Tires

Express Ranches

OK

Fancy Hitch wagon

Wheels Unlimited

IA

Stage Wheels

John Pouland

TX

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon

Giles Chapin

WA

Cannon Wheels

H B Bartlett

AL

Moline Chuck Wagon

Rolling Hills Ranch

KS

Conestoga Wagon

Linda Howard

MS

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon

Ronald Wagner

TX

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon, California Rackbed

Lee Buffington

SD

Buggy

James Burkhouse

CA

Buggy

Sam Wohlstadter

MD

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon

Ed Bazinet

MN

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon

Lee Madetzke

MN

Surrey

Sterling Farms

MI

John Deere Chuck wagon

Knott's Berry Farm

CA

Wheels

Eugene Paul Sweet

MN

Dakota Cowboy Chuck wagon

Double JJ Resort

WI

Wheels-10 ft

Beal Distributing

SD

Army Escort Wagon

Wagon Masters Antiques

KS

Sheep Wagon

Sheranian

WY

Hitch Wagon

Dutch Scoppwer

CA

Army Wagon

Great American

IN

Hitch Wagon

Samson Harness

MN

Hitch Wagon, Dump Wagon

Gary Boyce

CO

Chuck Wagon Complete

Cap Cod

Nova Scotia

2 Hitch Wagons

SD Ag Museum

SD

Wagon-Child's

Tom Paulsen

WA

Denmark Wagon

Red Castle

Scottland

Hitch Wagon

Barnes

NV

Hitch Wagon

Bureau Of Land Management

WY

Chuck wagon

Montrose Veterinary Clinic

SD

Hitch wagon, Oil Wagon

Vandervliet Percherons

SD

Hitch wagon

Days of 76 Museum

SD

Mountain Wagon, Mud wagon, Concord Buggy, Farm Wagon

Steve Turk Rocking Horse Ranch

NY

Fancy Hitch wagon

South Dakota Heritage Center

SD

Landau, Farm Wagon, Mud wagon

Donald Guidry - SOUTHWESTTRAILRIDERS ASSOC.

TX

Chuck Wagon Wheels

 

Testimonials

 Satisfied customers are the goal for every project. Below are a small sampling of the testimonials regarding the craftsmanship of Hansen Wheel and Wagon.

 

"The running gear made it here in great shape and on time.  It looks absolutely great and obviously shows the superb workmanship and detail that you and your staff put into your projects.  Of course I had the fortunate opportunity to see some of your other projects up close last spring so I knew what to expect. 

I'm confident this coach will be around another 100 + years if it doesn't get abused in some way.  Thanks for your part in helping us preserve this world wide symbol that recognizes the historic significance of Henry Wells, founder of our college and co-founder of the Wells Fargo Express Company."

Tom Gunderson, Supt.

Dept. of Buildings and Grounds

Wells College

 

 

“We could not be more pleased with the reproduction stagecoach crafted by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop. The workmanship is stunning and is admired by colleagues and visitors alike. As a museum-quality piece, the coach convincingly helps bring to life our site's story of plank road stagecoach travel in the 1850's and 1860's.”

David Simmons, Site Director

Wade House, a Wisconsin Historical Society historic site

 

“Doug, your wheels turned out beautifully. I am impressed that there is hardly an 1/8” run-out on all four wheels. You are a master!”

Russ Tyndall

 

“There are hardly words to express our appreciation for Doug's expertise in the authentic restoration of this special museum piece.”

Juanita Young, of the Days of '76 Committee

Regarding an Abbott & Downing “Mud Wagon”

 

“Fort Union National Monument would like to thank you and your staff for the beautiful job on our new wagon wheels. They will be admired by many visitors over the coming years. Thanks again!”

Linda Richards, Exhibit Specialist

Fort Union National Monument

 

 

“In 2001, the Booth Western Art Museum purchased an original 1865 Concord style stagecoach for exhibition in our new museum. The coach is known as Abbott and Downing number 84. When purchased, the vehicle was disassembled, in the process of restored and had been painted primer gray. After reviewing proposals from several firms we chose Hanson Wheel and Wagon to complete the restoration project and assist with installing the coach in the museum. Our goal was for the vehicle to be restored to original but used condition, not "show room new." Mr. Hanson and his staff were very sensitive to our wishes and consulted with our staff throughout the project. We could not be more pleased with the result. Our coach is one of the highlights of our collection and a favorite with our visitors. I would highly recommend Hanson Wheel and Wagon to anyone who may have need of their services.”

Seth Hopkins, Executive Director

Booth Western Art Museum

 

 

“I received my wheel today and it is perfect! It is exactly what I had in mind. Thanks so much for answering all of my questions and picking out a great wheel.”

Cami Jacobson, President

J. Group, Inc.

 

 

“I would like to express my appreciation for the excellent quality of work and customer service provided by your company in the recent restoration of cannon wheels for the Naval Explosive Ordnance Division. The cannon wheels had deteriorated to the point that they were no longer usable and required a complete replacement. The overall Command will benefit as a result of your company's professional performance. On behalf of the Naval EOD, please extend to your employees my personal congratulations for a job well done!”

D.M. Renwick

US Naval Explosive Ordnance Division

 

“Our experience in dealing with your company has shown that: you initially submitted a very competitive bid and during the entire restoration period, you stayed with the agreed upon price; you provided our personnel with the necessary and accurate information to safely ship the wheels to your location; you established and maintained a reasonable time frame to complete the restoration of the wheels; and as an end result, you produced a quality product.”

D.M. Renwick

Capt. US Navy Command Officer

 

 

“The importance of first class appearance and presentation is high in priority with Express Clydesdales. The Express show wagon, custom-designed and constructed by Hansen Wheel Wagon Shop, presents a style and character adding that special 'touch of class' that for with our magnificent hitch in competition, exhibition and special appearances. Hansen's attention to detail in their workmanship and design in re-creating the authenticity of era in their wagons is second to none.”

Don Langille

Express Clydesdales

 

 

“We are completely satisfied with our Western Concord Coach built by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop. The coach is an absolute work of art; the craftsmanship is unparalleled!! We expect many, many years of service and enjoyment from our coach, because of the superior quality workmanship.”

 

Grand River Ranch Owner

Kremmling, CO

 

“The wagon canvas we purchased from you is excellent. It fit perfectly. Thank you and all the staff at Hansen Wheel & Wagon. What a ;leasure to work with such a great group of very knowledgeable and helpful professionals.”

Richard G. Krom

Author, Speaker, Historian

 

“From our initial meeting with Doug Hansen, dealing with Hansen Wheel & Wagon has been the way every business transaction should be. Doug came to the table with creative ideas and input. Hansen Wheel & Wagon followed through with their commitment on meeting our very tough timetable and delivered a true masterpiece of a stagecoach, which we can all be proud of! I would highly recommend Doug and his team to anyone looking for a quality built product, delivered on time and as promised!!”

Kevin Matthews

Modern Continental

 

 

 

“We chose Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop to complete the restoration project on our original 1865 Abbott-Downing Coach. Mr Hansen and his staff were very sensitive to our wishes and consulted with our staff throughout the project. I would highly recommend Hansen Wheel & Wagon to anyone who may have a need of their services.”

Seth Hopkins, Executive Director

Booth Western Art Museum

 

 

“I've had Hansen Wheel & Wagon restore for me since their early beginnings. Their work is exceptional and it has always been a pleasure working with Doug and his select crew. The evolution of this shop has been very interesting to watch, going from a small depot building to the Top-of-the-Line business that it is today. This couldn't have happened without many satisfied and repeat customers.”

William L. Nigg

West Browns, SD

 

 

“Doug; the sheep wagon is great, and everyone that sees it can't say enough good about the looks and the workmanship. Our thanks to you and to all the folks at Hansen Wheel and Wagon who worked on the sheep wagon.”

D. Whitaker

 

 

“I contacted Doug Hansen for help in obtaining a wagon to resemble an 1860's US Army Transport Wagon. The experience with Hansen's was great as they allowed me to reestablish and provide a piece of history that was missing up until now. Thank you Doug, and everyone at Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop, for all your professional experience and support.”

Gary Fredella

Southern California Civil War Association

 

 

 

“Hansen's... Thank you so much for using your talents on our Chuck wagon. The Thatcher wagon is truly a piece of art. You have exceeded our expectations.”

Larry Thatcher

Circle T Ranch

 

 

“We have 3 vehicles that were restored by Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop. We have used them for pleasure driving and in parades and have had many compliments where ever we have exhibited our vehicles.”

Lee Buffington

 

 

“It gives me great pleasure to be the owner of the Thatcher Sheep wagon, arguably the finest sheep wagon that I have ever heard of. Even the copper looks really neat in its current aged look.”

Larry Thatcher

 

 

“Vehicles from Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop not only perform very well, but really give our visitors a taste of a past era. We have been very happy with the Express Wagon built for us by Hansen's in 1999.”

Christopher Wilson,

Henry Ford Museum &

Greenfield Village

 

 

“Hansen Wheel Shop has restored a number of vehicles for the SD State Historical Society, including this elegant five-glass landau, an Albany cutter, and a Democrat wagon. We entrusted Hansen Wheel Shop with these vehicles because we knew we could rely on them for museum quality work.”

David Hartley

Museum Director

 

 

“We have been universally impressed by the quality of workmanship and attention to detail of the stagecoach you built for us. You have all been just so accommodating and pleasant to work with. I knew we had chosen the right company to build the coach when I saw how enthusiastic Doug was about getting every little detail as authentic as possible for an early eastern Concord coach, and building us precisely what we wanted. We had 256 riders for its premiere today, and all were very impressed by its beauty and comfort. It really gave our visitors a full body experience of life in the past! Thanks again

Tom Kelleher

Old Sturbridge Village

 

 

“We feel tremendous pride in owning a one-of-a-kind F.C. Austin Sprinkler Wagon that hasbeen restored to its original condition of more than a century ago. It is without question, that there is no wagon maker other than Hansen Wheel & Wagon Shop that could have done the work to the exacting standards that we demanded on this historic piece. Your expertise, patience, and willingness to do the job right have set you above the rest. We will not hesitate to recommend you to other museum professionals who may be in need of your first rate services.”  (Photo courtesy of Cynthia Holling-Morris)

Andy Morris

Manager, Rock Ledge Ranch Historic Site