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Travel Indiana: Unique buggy dates back to era when doctors made house calls.

Tom Bechman 1

June 10, 2016

2 Min Read

You can still find plenty of horse-drawn buggies in Indiana, especially in Amish country. Odds are you won’t find many like this one, even around Amish settlements.

Two things make this buggy unique. The first is its design. Note how the large wheels allow the buggy to sit higher than usual above the ground. Buggies like this one from days gone by were generally called “high-water” buggies. They allowed drivers to get through roads with higher water than they might try to cross in a regular buggy. If the horses could make it across, the driver had a decent shot at making it across as well.


There are places in Indiana, particularly southern Indiana, where this buggy came in handy more often than just when it flooded. Especially decades ago, some small country roads required fording a creek to get across and continue on the other side of the road.

The second thing that makes it unique is its use. Doctors used it to travel in all types of weather. Back when doctors made house calls, it was also known as a “doctor’s buggy.”  

Tell us where you can find this buggy on display. Identify both its location by town and facility, and the name of the display within that facility where you can find it. Here’s a hint: In about six weeks, the museum housing the buggy will be in full swing again.  

Either mail your entry to: Indiana Prairie Farmer, P.O. Box 247, Franklin, IN 46131, or email it to [email protected]. Please include your name, address, email address if you have one and home and mobile phone numbers. One entry will be drawn from all correct entries to receive a $25 gift certificate.

 Found Dave!

 Dave Redmon, a retired Purdue University Extension educator, made a special appearance in the April issue. He was hanging out at a very well-known farm, where he still volunteers time to help with the Indiana Beef Evaluation Program. He lends a hand when bulls are weighed in and weighed out at the Indiana Bull Test site. Summer bulls are on test right now.

Janet Armstrong, Springville, recognized that Dave was spotted at the Feldun-Purdue Ag Center near Bedford, where the IBEP bull test station is located. She also drew attention to the spring sale of bulls from the IBEP winter test.

Held at the Springville auction facility in late April, the sale of more than 100 bulls from the test resulted in the fifth-highest selling average in the history of the program. The sale this spring was the 77th sale conducted since the program began.

Janet also won the gift certificate drawing. Congratulations, Janet!


About the Author(s)

Tom Bechman 1

Editor, Indiana Prairie Farm

Tom Bechman is an important cog in the Farm Progress machinery. In addition to serving as editor of Indiana Prairie Farmer, Tom is nationally known for his coverage of Midwest agronomy, conservation, no-till farming, farm management, farm safety, high-tech farming and personal property tax relief. His byline appears monthly in many of the 18 state and regional farm magazines published by Farm Progress.

"I consider it my responsibility and opportunity as a farm magazine editor to supply useful information that will help today's farm families survive and thrive," the veteran editor says.

Tom graduated from Whiteland (Ind.) High School, earned his B.S. in animal science and agricultural education from Purdue University in 1975 and an M.S. in dairy nutrition two years later. He first joined the magazine as a field editor in 1981 after four years as a vocational agriculture teacher.

Tom enjoys interacting with farm families, university specialists and industry leaders, gathering and sifting through loads of information available in agriculture today. "Whenever I find a new idea or a new thought that could either improve someone's life or their income, I consider it a personal challenge to discover how to present it in the most useful form, " he says.

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