34 responses to The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos)
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    Comment on English homes (May 1st, 2018 at 08:17)

    English homes

    My friend and her husband bought a home that had been built and lived in by English. They had the electric etc turned off but they couldn’t remove all the wiring and such. This is very likely the reason here too.

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    Debbie H
    Comment on renting (May 1st, 2018 at 08:59)


    Interesting about the renting. I guess I never thought the Amish rented from the English for some reason. My first thought about the A/C was that I wouldn’t be able to resist turning it on during a hot day. Then I realized the Amish wouldn’t be as tempted since they are acclimated to the weather. I grew up in Florida without A/C and never missed it but now when power is out I die! LOL

    • It happens sometimes, and sometimes the other way around as well – English renting from the Amish. Also, when Amish buy an English house (ie, electrically-equipped), they may have a period of time before they need to have it converted to an Amish-style home, as that takes some money to do.

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    Amish girl- Rebecca
    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 1st, 2018 at 09:25)

    The way it looks to me with the buggies, they just brought along what they had been using, as a lot of newer communities do. I know that is how Carlton, PA does- my cousin lives there. Eventually they may change a little here or there to have them nearer the same, like changing the curtains, lights, etc. And your explanation for the Satellite dishes, electric wires, street lights, etc. is likely Right on. Even in established communities like where I live, they have a year to change things, if buying a home from English folks. I’m sure in newer ones they might even have more lee-way and most times it makes more sense to buy existing homes, than to build all new ones.Also, if someone’s not too sure if they want to stay with that community or just see if it’s a good fit for them, before making strong commitments like building a house, it makes more sense to rent. As larger communities like Lancaster, Holmes, N.Indiana, and such become more crowded we’ll see more and more of these little mixed communities pop up all over the place. They have their struggles tho’, because all are used to things how they were back home and there needs to be lot of give and take, and being able to give up your ideas for the sake of unity and peace.

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      Comment on Thank you... (May 1st, 2018 at 11:41)

      Thank you...

      Thanks Rebecca for the confirmation. I don’t like speculating too much, and it helps for someone to confirm what I’m only guessing at.

      And also I’d like to thank Erik for once again allowing me to share some of my Amish adventures.

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        Comment on Much Thanks (May 3rd, 2018 at 08:06)

        Much Thanks

        Thanks Don. I have always enjoyed your photos and commentary about the various Amish communities you have visited.

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    Alice Mary
    Comment on Amish adjustments (May 1st, 2018 at 10:26)

    Amish adjustments

    What an interesting post! It’s very interesting to me to observe the beginnings of a new Amish settlement by folks from different Amish communities in different states. So far, they seem to be adjusting. I hope they thrive. I can’t help but wonder if these somewhat hybrid Amish communities (with more and more English paraphernalia) are truly the future of most Amish life in this country. It’s becoming increasingly difficult to carry on a traditional agrarian lifestyle these days, whether Amish or English. It will be interesting to see what happens as years go by. I certainly wish them well!

    Thank you, Don, for more of your photos and “Amish Adventures through America.” I always enjoy them!

    Alice Mary

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      Comment on Thank you... (May 1st, 2018 at 11:38)

      Thank you...

      Thanks Alice Mary for your compliments and other thoughts. It is an evolving world that we live in, and even the Amish are not untouched by it.

      Always glad to share. Knowing that others get something out of it makes it all worthwhile.

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    Comment on West Plains, MO (May 1st, 2018 at 14:31)

    West Plains, MO

    Thank you so much, Don, for you post on West Plains, MO; and the pics, too. It’s always interesting to hear about a new community coming together. The world is certainly changing, and I wouldn’t say it’s always for the better(just my opinion). One way or another everyone is touched by change.
    I look forward to a future post from you through Erik. Blessings, Carol

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    Loretta Shumpert
    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 1st, 2018 at 16:15)

    Thank you Don

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    Comment on West Plains (May 1st, 2018 at 21:41)

    West Plains

    I live in West Plains and I can tell you that the Amish here are very different. I have 3 Amish neighbors. They are some of the best people you will ever meet. One owns and runs a Tyson chicken farm. They do drive the tractors for transportation. The ones by my house keep it pretty simple. Plain clothes and only necessities. Wonderful to sit down and talk to. However we have Amish here that wear bright clothing. One of the houses shown above has a swimming pool and a volleyball net set up in the back. That same house has a ski jet and trailer they pull behind the tractor to the lake. So I guess it just depends on what part of West Plains your talking about.

    • Thanks for sharing April, it’s neat to get a comment from someone from the area. And great to have good neighbors, isn’t it.

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      Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:22)

      Thanks April for the confirmation and insights. It’s always good to get someone “in the know” to help me be sure of my speculations.

      I’m curious (if you know), the Amish family that has the swimming pool — where did they move from?

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        Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 3rd, 2018 at 21:18)

        Don we almost always had a swimming pool growing up… we didn’t have a pond to swim in so a pool was our way of cooling off on the hot summer days!

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      Comment on Amish of west plains (July 5th, 2018 at 17:18)

      Amish of west plains

      Yes they do use the tractors for transport. They are very nice people. My grandma is neighbors with some outside of town off JJ. Very different than the ones who live up here in licking and mountain grove. We are actually selling hay to a family out of licking and they use telephones. We see them at the Salem livestock barn a lot too. They are very patient and polite people. The kids are also allowed to speak to strangers as well up here which I found intriguing.

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    Comment on THANK YOU DON (May 2nd, 2018 at 07:25)


    I enjoyed reading and seeing these photos as my late husband and I spent a wonderful week with the Amish in Holmes County way back in 2005 I think it was I wrote a poem about our experience which can be read at my website. Thanks again Don

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      Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:19)

      Thank you Pauline for your kind words. And my condolences on the loss of your husband.

      Holmes Co. is a favorite location for me and my wife, too. We’ve made four visits there, and we just love it.

      I don’t know if it will help you relive your previous trip there, but you are welcome to visit my website where I have several albums with pictures from Holmes Co. The link below will take you to all my Amish pictures, and about half-way down the page you’ll see a link marked Holmes Co. Click on that, then click on any of the several albums you’ll see next, and in each album will be several pictures I hope you’ll enjoy.


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    Comment on Thanks! (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:24)


    Thanks to everyone for your compliments. It’s a joy to be able to share my visits with you.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:49)

    Thank you for sharing this. Was very interesting to read and I did enjoy seeing all the pictures.

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    Juanita Cook
    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 2nd, 2018 at 10:53)

    Thank you for sharing this. It was very interesting to read. I alos enjoyed seeing all the pictures.

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    Christine McMahon-Chase
    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (May 2nd, 2018 at 11:33)

    The Amish of West Plains, Missouri

    As always, interesting and informative! Thank you

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    Comment on Jamesport,MO (May 3rd, 2018 at 03:58)


    Jamesport, MO is having one of their annual school auctions this Saturday May 5 2018 at the Jamesport Produce auction building. They will have over 100 quilts plus all sorts of other things.

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    Comment on The Amish of West Plains, Missouri (26 Photos) (May 3rd, 2018 at 12:18)

    These people probably bought English homes and never removed the wires or dishes. That is not out of the ordinary, except for maybe their dishes not being removed. They could also be a new type of community. A mix match of various Amish who adopt to a new set of community regulations. That’s not out of the ordinary either. Kalona, IA and the less strict community in Maine are examples of that. Since the Amish people are growing and spreading, the likelihood of some divergence is normal. Some communities become even stricter and some news ones become more liberal.

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    Comment on WP, MO (May 5th, 2018 at 10:02)

    WP, MO

    Imagine my pleasant shock to see my hometown area (Howell Co) featured. I’m so interested and impressed with what has been shared. I look forward to more such features from Mr Burke.

    Erik, what are the chances of Amish adults moving back to an area that they may have lived during their childhoods? Just curious as I am so hoping that maybe some of these people are the same people, children or grandchildren of the 3 young Amish girls I knew in elementary school.

    • Carolyn, neat to hear that. As to your question, well I’d say it is certainly possible, and especially if they are still in the same affiliation as their original community. You may have some old friends or friends-of-friends living here as adults.

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        Comment on Erik, thanks! (May 13th, 2018 at 09:13)

        Erik, thanks!

        Erik, received your email re: comment hidden in spam. It is probably because I have not been on AmishAmerica very often in the last couple years. Thanks so much for monitoring the posts so well and giving feedback quickly.

        • Sure thing Carolyn! Just wanted to make sure you knew it didn’t disappear. Occasionally comments disappear into spam for no discernible reason, but I monitor it and pull them out if that happens. Glad you took the time to share.

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            Comment on Erik: Spam/Comments (May 17th, 2018 at 16:27)

            Erik: Spam/Comments

            Erik, could the spam problem be related to another email problem I just discovered? When I clicked my inbox to see your latest reply, there was no link for me to click back to this page even though the instructions to click such and such address were printed as part of the email. The only way I got back here was to click on another blog post in my inbox then do a search on West Plains to find this column.

            Thanks for reading this!

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    Comment on Amish of West Plains (July 4th, 2018 at 17:01)

    Amish of West Plains

    Living in West Plains, the Amish I have seen are definitely not traditional. They use tractors for transportation that use off road fuel that is not taxed. Their children are not required to be in carseat’s. Just this persons option that if they are going to use the roads in non traditional Amish modes of transportation they should abide by the same laws.

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