August 13, 2008 With the arrival a few months ago of several Amish families in central Crawford County, horse-and-buggy signs were quickly installed on several of the county roadways. Soon those signs will also be visible on the county's state highways as well, to warn motorists of the much slower buggies.
Amish buggies, like this one on Magnolia Road Sunday morning, have become more visible on Crawford County's state highways. Horse-and-buggy signs like the one below will soon be seen on state roads 37, 64, 66 and 237 in Crawford County to warn motorists of the presence of the Amish-driven vehicles, which have been in the county since spring. (Photos by Wade Bell)
"The Indiana Department of Transportation has reviewed the field data collected and it has determined that the criteria have been met to install horse-and-buggy signage," said Charlene Parrish, INDOT spokesman and Gov. Mitch Daniel's office, after an inquiry about signs not being in place on the county's state highways.
Indiana is the home of several Amish settlements, including in Orange, Lawrence, Daviess and Martin counties. One of the largest settlements in the country is in Northern Indiana around Shipshewana, where Amish farms number in the hundreds. The Crawford Amish families occupy approximately 400 acres along Magnolia Road, with buggies becoming more visible on all of the Crawford's county and state highways.
Parrish said the signs will be visible in most parts of the county.
"Signs will be installed on S.R. 237 between S.R. 37 and Interstate 64," Parrish said,
"S.R. 64 between S.R. 37 and S.R. 66; and on S.R. 66 between S.R. 64 and Interstate 64."
Parrish said the signs should be installed in the next 30 to 45 days.