14 responses to The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos)
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    Comment on Canton, MO Photos (February 2nd, 2017 at 11:37)

    Canton, MO Photos

    Thanks for posting these nice photos. I enjoyed each and everyone. In my area it’s rare to see and adult Amish on horseback.

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      Comment on Horseback riding (February 3rd, 2017 at 09:10)

      Horseback riding

      This might be of interest, I do see this from time to time in Amish communities, usually more often younger people in my experience.


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      Terry from Wisc
      Comment on Riding horseback (February 5th, 2017 at 09:02)

      Riding horseback

      I can count the times on one hand when I’ve seen Amish riding horseback. Depending on what the task at hand is, and the age of the person, often they’ll take a bike or rollerblades.

      My mom was 11 years old when they moved to town in 1929. There was a farm on the edge of town that sold milk and she’d rollerskate with her tin pail in hand to buy some. The rollerskates of the day were held on with clamps over your shoes, and she’d have her key around her neck just in case she needed a tune up on the way!

      So, if we’re Amish or English we can use our resources if need be!

      I better go start the car so it’s warm for the ride to church. We’ll save the talk about a ride to church in a cold buggy for later!

      Blessings, Terry

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    Debbie H
    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 2nd, 2017 at 12:24)

    Thanks for sharing these wonderful photos. I especially like the ingenuity of the family with their answer to solar water heater, Very cleaver.

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    Comment on Thanks Erik (February 2nd, 2017 at 12:27)

    Thanks Erik

    Thanks for highlighting my work, Erik. It is always a privilege to be able to share here on AmishAmerica.

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    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 2nd, 2017 at 19:06)

    I always thought that it was using lanterns rather than electric lights for buggy lighting that was a sign of an ultra-conservative group, such as the Swartzentrubers, the Troyers and most of the Nebraska Amish subgroups.
    And I haven’t heard of any group that doesn’t put some kind of reflective material on their buggies – even the Swartzentrubers use tape, and the Troyers and Nebraska Amish both use the SMV triangle.
    Also, the practices of placing the SMV triangle on the top left corner of the buggy’s rear and having a single reflector on one side seem to be associated with the Buchanan County, Iowa settlement/affiliation, which is noted for its conservatism.

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      Comment on RC... (February 2nd, 2017 at 20:26)


      RC, it’s been several months since I wrote the commentary for these pics, so to be honest I don’t remember all that I was basing some of those comments on. Sorry, but the mind gets a bit fuzzy any more , but it seems there had been an article here on AA that dealt with some of the reflector/tape question. But I could be wrong.

      I do know that one of the communities I’ve visited a few time near here (Clark, MO) doesn’t typically use the SMV triangle on their buggies. The two exceptions I’ve seen to that were both youths, and one or both of them showed other embellishments that were clearly not the norm for this highly conservative group. (http://amishamerica.com/a-thanksgiving-visit-to-the-amish-of-clark-missouri/)

      As to the tape and reflector, if that is incorrect, my apologies and my thanks for point it out. Erik if the copy is wrong please will feel free to correct it.

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    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 2nd, 2017 at 23:50)

    It’s a Winter Wonderland, there is no word to describe the nice photos in this post (a picture has a 1000 words). Reminds me of Christmas time, but I know that has been over some weeks ago!

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    Mark — Holmes Co.
    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 3rd, 2017 at 06:51)

    You are right, lanterns are more conservative, but there is a difference between the darker (almost black) reflective tape the Swartzentrubers and until recently most Troyer Amish use and the lighter tape shown in the photos.

    If you compare the tape on Swartzentruber buggies with the tape in the photos, you’ll see what I mean.

    And the SMV on the edge or top corner of the photo does indeed show the Buchanan Co. influence, as does the buggy-curtain straps being on the outside of the curtain. Most curtain-buggies have the straps on the inside so when the curtain is rolled up, it is on the outside of the top. These Buchanan Co. type groups have the straps on the outside so when the curtain is rolled up, it is fastened on the inside.

    Small details, but a lot can be read into those details.

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      Comment on Swartzentruber buggy visibility features (February 3rd, 2017 at 09:18)

      Swartzentruber buggy visibility features

      Thanks Mark for the follow-up. RC, here are a couple rear shots of Swartzentruber buggies for comparison, first in Ohio and then TN (scroll down a bit on each):



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    Comment on Amish (February 3rd, 2017 at 10:43)


    I live in Reading, Mi and in our settlement here the Amish are not allowed to use covered buggies year around. They must always use open buggies

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 3rd, 2017 at 17:38)

    Thanks for sharing these really nice photo’s. I enjoyed seeing and reading about them.

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    Al in Ky
    Comment on The Amish of Canton, Missouri (42 Photos) (February 3rd, 2017 at 20:17)

    I always enjoy seeing pictures of Amish communities, such as Canton, that I likely will never have the opportunity to visit.

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    Comment on Pictures (February 15th, 2017 at 01:54)


    I really agree with Al in Ky – I love when you have photo essays in Amish country. Coming from a completely different part of the Country – it intrigues me with the diversity of houses, buggies, farm equipment, and just the differences in curb appeal of Amish homes. I also love the seasons on display. I always click on these posts. Thank you for sharing them, Don Burke. As always they are appreciated!

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