Ontario Welcome Center History Walk: Plain People

© Photographed April 8, 2017
Erected 2015 by Forward Ontario
Ontario, Vernon County, Wisconsin
43.722751, -90.590023

Plain People
By the mid-20th century, it was apparent that the hills and valleys of the Kickapoo Valley did not lend themselves to large-scale commercial farming. In 1966, the first Amish families from Ohio and Indiana began to move into the area, attracted by the isolation ad low land prices. Wisconsin ranks 4th in Amish population, and the Cashton community, which now sprawls to Ontario, is one of the largest. Instead of farming, many Amish now run shops offering a range of items, such as bakery goods, produce and furniture. Many shopping opportunities exist along the roads of Ontario's rural area. Drive through our Amish community and step back to an earlier era and imagine living without modern conveniences.
The marker is located along the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk at Palen Memorial Park and is accessible on the northeast corner of the intersection of State Street and Pleasant Street, Ontario, Wisconsin 54651.

Vernon Broadcaster (June 3, 2015): Ontario to celebrate opening of Palen Park on June 13

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The marker is located at the Ontario Welcome Center History Walk.

Looking west into town . . .

View coming into town from eastbound Wisconsin Highway 33.

The marker is located in Ontario, Wisconsin.

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