Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Change comes slow to the Amish

I was out visiting at County Line Tarps (a local Amish business) and was reminded of changes within the local Amish community that take place once in a blue moon. I was out to see the new windmill that pumps air to run the power equipment.
While I was checking out the windmill installation I happened to notice a wagon with rubber tires. A year ago you would not have seen this. Amish carts and wagons always used the old all steel wheels. As you can imagine, riding on steel wheels can be a bone jarring experience.
The local Amish have approved the use of rubber on their wagon wheels and are now enjoying the benefits of a smoother ride. Older steel wheels are still in common use, but more and more I am seeing them wrapped with old automobile tires.
It isn't much, but it is change.