The familiar yellow buggy warning sign shouts “Amish ahead!” But there is no standardized design. So the signs you see can vary.
Below, a few of the various Amish buggy warning signs you’ll find across America.
Taken near the aptly-named Plainville, New York.
Another New York Amish sign, from near the town of Meridian. Nice wheels!
Cindy Seigle finds a similar design in southern Indiana. I would call this a very artistic rendition of an Amish buggy. I think Cindy is right when she says these look like tractor tires.
Signs in one area can vary. This one is from the same southern Indiana community (Orange County)…
…as is this uncharacteristic square sign. Notice the 3-D effect with the buggy wheels.
By the way I wish I could have found a sign from Allen County, Indiana. Signs in that community depict an open horse-drawn vehicle, the only kind permitted by Allen County Amish.
Signs in the Arthur, Illinois Amish community let you know how long to expect buggy traffic.
This unidentified sign has an interesting design.
One from the Jamesport, Missouri Amish community.
Photo taken near a Minnesota Amish community outside the town of Prosper.
A buggy warning meets a pedestrian crossing sign in rural Tuscarawas County, Ohio.
And a different style, from neighboring Holmes County.
Finally, an unusual sign from the country of Belize. Belize is the only Central American country where English is considered the official language. Donald Kraybill’s Concise Encylopedia of Amish, Brethren, Hutterites, and Mennonites notes that a few conservative Mennonite groups exist in the country, including horse driving Old Colony Mennonites as well as Hoover Old Order Mennonites.
We’ll try to update this post with new signs. If you have any to add, feel free to email them to me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Or you can post them directly to the Amish America Facebook page.
Photo credits: PA-Lindi&Jason; NY-Audrey Bendus and Arthur Chapman; IN-Cindy Seigle; IL-Castaway in Scotland; unidentified-shelleylyn; MO-Ido Genealogy; MN-Tony Case; Belize-furrypurplefeetLooking for more good reading on the Amish? Check out our list of best Amish books.