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    Oregonian: Eastern Oregon wagon builders find robust demand for horse-drawn products

    In the market for a stagecoach? How about a buckboard or chuckwagon? A couple of old-timers living near this eastern Oregon town can fix you right up.
    Cecil Gagnon and Gary Gregg, both in their 80s, build 19th Century horse-drawn conveyances, catering to folks who want to hitch a horse or mule to anything from doctor's buggies to meadowbrook carts and ranch wagons.

    "I don't care for motorized stuff," said Gagnon, 83, whose parents used horsedrawn combines on their Washington wheat farm. The family's first motorized tractor arrived when he was six years old.

    Gregg can remember driving teams of horses as a boy of 10.

    "There aren't too many of us left, just a handful," Gregg, 81, said of horsedrawn wagon builders.

    More than a century after the buggywhip era ended and the Western frontier closed, Gagnon and Gregg find their skills in surprisingly big demand.

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