Oklahoma Amish

The Amish of Chouteau, Oklahoma (17 Photos)

Maybe more than any other Amish place name, I’ve never had a clue how to¬†pronounce “Chouteau” (Chah-toe? Shoh-two? Choo-tee-ow? ūüôā ). ¬†Lucky for me, this is a blog, not¬†a podcast. Why am I pondering pronunciation quirks again? Well, our busy contributor Tom Geist checks in today with a visit to the Chouteau, Oklahoma Amish settlement. Tom, I should say, gets around pretty well. Besides recent…

Amish in Oklahoma

Oklahoma! ¬†It just rolls off your tongue, doesn’t it? ¬†It’s probably my favorite state name, outside of Mississippi, of course. Oklahoma is hardly full of Amish. ¬†But, it does have a couple of settlements, including the 100-year-old community at Chouteau. Oklahoma’s two Amish communities are unlike most others, for one key reason. ¬†You can read more, and also see more photos of the annual Clarita…

Amish in Kansas

The Great Plains have long attracted Amish settlement. ¬†However, Amish populations in most Great Plains states, such as Oklahoma and Montana, remain low. Kansas holds to this pattern; despite a history of Amish settlement stretching back 140 years, the Sunflower State is today home to only about a dozen church districts. There are some interesting communities in Kansas, however. ¬†The settlements in Reno County (Yoder;…

Lights Out

Ice storms thrashed the country last week. Oklahoma was especially hard-hit. An article (no longer online)¬† in the Tulsa World explains how the area’s Amish and non-Amish have handled it. A local English man, suffering through an extended power outage, told an Amish compatriot that ‘we’re living like you are now.’ The Amish haven’t felt the effects as much.¬† They usually heat with propane or…