An Owensboro Wagon

WE paid $80.00 for the wagon…AMISH wheel wright in area to rebuild all 4 wheels…$200 each.






Our good friend and neighbor Jim Bain (painting DASIES & stripes) was wanting to contribute something to our labor of love…this is what he has painted…not totally completed yet..but gives you an idea as to what all together to look like.The project is more or less a Neighborhood addition for its improvement. The vertical wood..posts etc. will also have “gingerbread trim” With both Sandy my wife..and Jim also a painter…I don’t have a chance picking up a brush!!!
That maroon/red color Jim is painting will be brought into the wheels. The completed wagon will be in view of his front yard also.
SANDY HAS COMPLETED THE WAGON SEAT AGING process…(dry bushing etc.) and Jim was planning a few of his special vine and leaf free hands on the back seats and other parts.
Our Neighbor Jim was over in our shop early today to complete the old bench with his art skills… I did all the basic brown..Sandy did the dry bush antiquing. This was basically the only large part missing when we had bought the wagon. I was able to find another bench (in not so good condition) where “Moses” is restoring our wheels…THE AMISH WAGON SUPPLY. He had this bench that was narrow enough for our wagon..most all others exceeded the width required. The springs, and wood bases/metal hangers.. were along with the cost..$100.oo. I had to modify the width to fit the wagon and made up the small platform…then measured the hangers to sit on the side boards as the original. I did all the basic repairs to the bench…it was split here and there & had a multitude of colors! (see next e mail)
Used EPOXY type glues to repair the bench. I also added the custom cut rear seat support board…as well as those support handle/ brackets on each side..( Wagon shop..$22.oo )
We ANXIOUSLY placed the “new” seat onto the side boards (possibly BEFORE JIMS PAINT SKILLS WERE 100% DRY!!)…
See the completed wagon.   We rolled it up the hill last night with our pick up truck…….just a Faux tongue to add later. We have selected the under lay stone base today…a chocolate brown river rock. I will also have a few large boulders about the small mounds. The steel edging will be completed soon..(to separate the lawn and rocks) We plan on setting the wagon up and out of the ground a few inches for a better effect on the rock base. This will also allow for good drainage of those expensive wheels. The wheels have been coated with commercial EPOXY PAINT under coats..and top coats..won’t need repainting in this OLD WAGON MASTERS life time!

This old wagon was lovingly restored by Cliff and Sandy Steele.  Their dedication to preservation is greatly admired.  Ray Ware would have been proud to see this.  Thank you Cliff and Sandy for submitting your photos.  For further information on the Owensboro Wagon Co., read the story written by Ray Ware in his Collection to be found indexed on our home page.




An Owensboro Wagon — 5 Comments

  1. Sir: I have an Owensboro 2 3/4 Heavy Duty gear that I am restoring to be pulled by my Belgian horse team. This gear doesn’t have brakes which I must have for some of the events I participate in. It would be very helpful to have photos of the original brakes and associated hardware on your wagon measurements would be helpful also. Please email me.


  2. I am working on an eagle project and need to have some baggage cart wheels made. Could you share your wheel makers contact information?

  3. A labor of love to preserve a piece of our history. Beautiful restoration job.

  4. WILL BE PICKING UP THE 4 RESTORED WAGON WHEELS IN A WEEK OR SO! The wheels will have to be painted..about 50 wooden spokes !! and then we can roll the old OWENSBORO from under the outside overhang…just in time for all the Grand Children to help!
    Do check for completion photos soon!!

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