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They Specialize In Horse-Drawn Wagons
Jim and Mary Jensen scour auctions for quality horse-drawn vehicles to resell. Their Oxbow Wagons & Coaches business generally carries an inventory of more than 60 wagons, buggies, sleighs and more. In addition to used and restored vehicles, they offer new rigs as well as specialty items. Oxbow maintains a store in Oregon, as well as a website store.
    “I’ve been interested in horse-drawn vehicles since I was in high school,” says Jim Jensen. “If I could, I would never sell any, but a person has to eat.
    “I once had a rare horse-drawn livestock wagon,” recalls Jensen. “I shouldn’t have sold it, but I did. I also had a Raleigh home products wagon for door-to-door sales.”
    A quick visit to the company website shows the variety of vehicles available. They vary from simple carts, wagons and sleighs to stagecoaches and hearses. Recent rigs included an original farm grain wagon priced at $4,800, an army escort wagon in excellent shape for $16,500, and an antique Portland sleigh for $1,650. While some are ready to go, others require restoration.
    New vehicles vary considerably in price, from $1,880 for a Meadowbrook cart for 2 to a 4-seat people mover sold to a Civil War park for $13,800. A wedding carriage can run from $7,800 to $8,400, depending on carriage lamps and other options. Buckboards are available for less than $4,000.
    Oxbow Wagons sells much more than just vehicles, according to Mary Jensen. “We sell a lot of parts for vehicles of all kinds and sizes, as well as Amish-made harnesses for singles and teams of horses of all sizes,” she says. “We also sell unusual collector items in our shop such as antique guns, wheels and more. We’re always looking for unusual items we can resell.”
    With auctions less prevalent than in the past, the Jensens are buying and selling more online.
    “If someone has a horse-drawn vehicle for sale or is looking for one not on our website, give us a call or send an email,” says Jim Jensen. “We take a lot of vehicles on consignment, depending on what they are and if reasonably priced. If customers are interested in buying something different, we either have it or can likely find it.”
    Contact: FARM SHOW Followup, Oxbow Wagons & Coaches, P.O. Box 658, 303 S. Canyon City Blvd., Canyon City, Ore. 97820 (ph 541 575-2911; wagons@oxbowwagonsandcoaches.com; www.oxbowwagonsandcoaches.com).

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2015 - Volume #39, Issue #4