Gordon Lillie, otherwise known as Pawnee Bill, ordered this huge and handsome bandwagon for his Wild West show in 1903 at a cost of $4,000. The wagon was built by the Sebastian Wagon Co. of New York with carvings by Samuel Robb. The two side panels show different scenes, each covered in solid gold leaf. The right side depicts “The Landing of Columbus in America,” taken from John Vanderlyn’s well-know painting. The left side depicts “Pocahontas Saving the Life of Captain John Smith.” The wagon paraded with an 18-piece band on top, pulled by ten horses in brass-trimmed harnesses.
The Mighty Haag Circus purchased the wagon, using it from 1909 to 1914. Ernest Haag stored the wagon until 1925, then sold it to the Miller Bros. 101 Ranch Wild West. It continued to parade as a bandwagon until 1931. The Bill Hames family purchased the wagon for their carnival, then donated it to Circus World Museum in 1962. The wagon has been restored to its appearance on the Miller Bros. show.