15 responses to Mystery shack explained?
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    Comment on Mystery shack (August 23rd, 2011 at 10:29)

    Mystery shack

    My first thought was it might be an outdoor bathroom. Second thought was a phone shack, but it’s on the large size for that. Were you able to enter it to see what was inside? My curiosity would have gotten the best of me. I might have to take a drive from Grand Rapids, MI to this location and check it out for myself. LOL!

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    Debbie Welsh
    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 23rd, 2011 at 10:41)

    Hello? Where is everyone? I think you’ve stumped us into stunned silence or something with your explanation, Erik! I, for one, am quite surprised as there are no windows on the shelter other than the door. However, it does make sense given your explanation about the children being bussed to school ( another surprise ), and perhaps it did serve another purpose at one time. I just can’t get over that big two-story, modern school, though!

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    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 23rd, 2011 at 11:33)

    Bad weather bus shelters are pretty common in these parts – I hadn’t thought about busing to school!

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    linda saul
    Comment on Mystery shack (August 23rd, 2011 at 13:29)

    Mystery shack

    I guess it could be a bus shelter, but I would think they would have put a window in it. Also they really don’t neeed a slow moving sign on it just to bring it out to end of lane. My husband thinks it is more likely an ice fish hut.

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    Karen Pollard
    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 23rd, 2011 at 13:44)

    I’m amazed at your school picture. I’ve NEVER seen a brick Amish school. I thought they were always plain and white siding.

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    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 23rd, 2011 at 15:41)

    You know, that crossed my mind after I commented! Saw a little bus stop enclosure not far from my home over the weekend and it reminded me of that. Mystery solved! 🙂

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    Comment on Shanty (August 23rd, 2011 at 20:21)


    Erik, I think you’re right twice. It’s probably an ice fishing shanty that may have multi purposes. If you look closer at the bottom frame, it looks like it is elevated. Ice fisherman will open a hatch in the floor and drill into the ice. PS: how does one post an image in their blog?

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      Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 24th, 2011 at 06:18)

      Thanks Dave, very interesting…on photos, I don’t have a feature for posting photos here (hmmm maybe a good thing to add) but you can post them on the Amish America Facebook page, or send them to me at ewesner (at) gmail.com

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    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 24th, 2011 at 05:02)

    Ok, I see solar panel on roof and a propane tank but no chimmey or wood stove stacks – how do they heat the thing?

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      Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 24th, 2011 at 05:03)

      By ‘thing’ I was meaning school building…

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        Comment on Chimneys (August 24th, 2011 at 06:13)


        Tom there are 2 chimneys on the other side of the solar panels. You can’t see them b/c of the angle. I posted another photo of this school on the Amish America Facebook page, where they are visible.

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    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 24th, 2011 at 06:18)

    Yup, just saw that posting on FB. Thanks for extra photo, all is right with the Universal Life Force now…

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    Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 24th, 2011 at 12:52)

    I’m still sticking with some others here and IMO it a ice fishing shack. SMV sign is probably for when they drag it down some road to lake and red light on it could very well be connected to one or more tip-ups by battery, letting fishermen know they’ve got a catch if they are out of the hut…

    Most phone shanties I’ve seen are permamently built and wooden plus there are no lines running to it and I would also tend to believe if this were a bus shack for kids it would be built the same way as their phone shanties are wooden and somewhat permament…

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      Comment on Mystery shack explained? (August 25th, 2011 at 07:26)

      Very interesting. That may very well be the case Tom. Even if it is used as a bus shelter now I doubt that is what it was originally constructed for.

      What keeps getting me is that it is plopped on the side of the lane right where you’d find a kid’s bus shelter–in the middle of the summer.

      Amish homes in Allen County are extremely tidy (they remind me of Lancaster Amish in this sense) so it strikes me as odd that they would leave an ice fishing shack right there in what seems like a permanent position–unless they are about to haul it off somewhere. Hmmm.

      As for phone shanty–I could only see this design being a shanty if they REALLY wanted to discourage using the phone…I think I’d need a crowbar to cram myself in there 🙂

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    Comment on A venue for the Amish behaving “Rumspringa-gy” (August 26th, 2011 at 22:28)

    A venue for the Amish behaving “Rumspringa-gy”

    Rumspringa-gy things that the kids in their Amish gangs can get up to while waiting to go to school, at a more innocent bent, they may make that into an Amish smoke shop, or worse!

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