Contributor Tom Geist recently shared his visit to South Dakota’s only Amish community. It was a nice post but a little short on images. Today, the photos.
Hutchinson County contains a grand total of 7,187 people (as of 2012), spread over 814 square miles, or just under 9 people per square mile. By comparison, similarly-sized Lancaster County, PA has about 535 people per square mile.
As is the norm in the Dakotas, unemployment in Hutchinson County is a meager 3.7%. The nearest city of size is Sioux Falls, about an hour northeast. So there might not be much around, but there’s work if you want it. And for over 3 years now, there have been a handful of Amish in the county.
These photos were taken by dashboard cam, which explains the wide, slightly fish-eyed view. You’ll see photos from the countryside and a few of the farms that Tom visited. All comments that follow are Tom’s.
Just a sign that tell you you are now in Amish Country! OK, ok, it could mean you are in Old Order Mennonite Country as well… but I digress.
It’s always a good sign that you are on the right track to finding some Amish when you see buggy tracks.
Shots leading up to the Amish store that I sent you the single picture of the other day (the arrow sign).
A large barn with guard ducks.
The 2nd Amish house I went to, in order to meet the woman that writes for Die Botschaft, one of the Amish newspapers.
The white containers that are used for baby animals.