Wow that is a cool pic! I like the wooden sidewalks, and the "well groomed" streets with the furrow in the middle. Pile of horse poop maybe? Imagine the smell with all those horses ganged up there doing their thing! Looks like a fairly prosperous place.
They seem to be dressed in some fairly formal attire.
Looks like Sunday church sevice in an Amish community. They dont have a church. Each member must host church service untill everyone has a turn then they start over. Sevice is held in the barn or outbuilding. Yes even in winter. Makes a mess of the road close to sevice. My neihbor hosts about twice a year. Its pretty interesting living close to Amish, for instance I was invited to help move a 40x60 barn. It was an old pole barn with round poles and heavy corigated metal. About 125 men came and we carried the barn to new location about 80 yards away. Team work is a must for a job like that. When job was done the women set up tables and pie and ice cream. The men went 1st and set on one side of yard and women and children on the other side. Just a glimps into life of friends helping friends with the only expectation to have the favor returned if needed.
Great photo Herb
No, I don't thin the Amish dress like we see here.
Oh yeah, .... MUCH better now !
A lot more prosperity at the turn of the century for sure. Imagine if that downtown was restored with all the buildings as it once was. A nice shade tree there too. It was not the Model T that ended the prosperity. Highly mechanised farming, globalisation and Wal Mart come to mind.
And a society that just doesn't give a sh!t ....
Well Herb you got the title backwards. It should read The streets are clogged with horses in the past and NO automobiles today!
The small dirt mounds on each street look like lane dividers and the crosswalks keep everyone out of the mud as they go from one side to the other.
What always amazes me about most of before and after photos is how beautiful and large the old time shots look and how drab and small the current photos look in comparison.
It seems that in a lot of these pictures the old building have been thinned out. That could be from some disaster or even lack of maintenance. Often the multi storied buildings are replaced with single story units. Some even look to be shortened originals. I wonder if there was some tax advantage to downsizing the old buildings.
Amen Burger! Dennis, I agree but those lane dividers look like they're loaded with horse-biscuits!
It's a shame for what looks to be an economic downturn of this town, like so many in this country. But then, maybe this pic was taken on an early Sunday morning. One would at least expect a gaggle of cars in front of the cafe!
Not like the Amish around here. They would just go out to their phone, and call up one of their brothers, and have them drive over a dozer or two, to move the building! The Amish around use, and own anything they want. Some have electricity, phones, trucks, tractors, chainsaws, gas weed trimmers. They are nothing like what I grew up believing!
Then those aren't true Amish. Probably Mennonite. They're a little more advanced.
can you really back a horse and buggy up enough to make a turn and leave?
Pat, it all depends on what the Bishop says they can do. Some are more modern.no more reel type mowers around here. Skidsteers and gas powered lawn equipment. Can have one 110volt plug in the house for sweeper. All depends on your Bishop. Old order Amish is pretty rare anymore. Road apples are pretty easy to deal with, its the apple sauce that is hard to deal with.
It all depends on the elders of that particular group, but yes, does sound more Mennonite. My neighbors are Mennonite; great neighbors!
Looks like the red front building could be the same one, but covered over.