By Kevin Williams
Okay, this was on one of the busiest travel days of the year around Thanksgiving and we were traveling on I-71 near Ashland, Ohio and my wife suddenly spied this buggy ambling slowly across the overpass. It was a quiet contrast to the bustling artery of cars and trucks just below it. This was the best she could get going 75 mph (she wasn't driving) on short notice, but the little smudge of black on the overpass is the horse-drawn buggy.
I doubt 20 years ago you would have seen a buggy there, although maybe. There's the large cluster of Amish settlements to the east of I-71 making up the sprawling Holmes County community (which also encompasses Wayne, Morrow, Richland Counties) and then another Amish community outside Ashland. Those two large "islands of Amish" have gradually been growing together over the past couple of decades and converging around I-71 where this buggy was seen.