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Bucyrus, Ohio
Downtown Bucyrus on South Sandusky Avenue
Downtown Bucyrus on South Sandusky Avenue
Motto(s): 
"The Small City in the Middle of Everywhere"
Location of Bucyrus, Ohio
Location of Bucyrus, Ohio
Location of Bucyrus in Crawford County
Location of Bucyrus in Crawford County
Coordinates: 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306Coordinates: 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306
Country United States
State Ohio
County Crawford
Township Bucyrus, Holmes, Liberty, Whetstone
Area
 • Total 7.40 sq mi (19.16 km2)
 • Land 7.38 sq mi (19.13 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
Elevation
994 ft (303 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 12,362
 • Estimate 
(2019)
11,764
 • Density 1,593.17/sq mi (615.09/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
44820
Area code(s) 419/567
FIPS code 39-10030
GNIS feature ID 1056736
Website City Website

Bucyrus ( bew-SY-rəs) is a city in the U.S. state of Ohio and the county seat of Crawford County, located in northern Ohio approximately 28 miles (45 km) west of Mansfield and 66 miles (106 km) southeast of Toledo. The population was 12,362 at the 2010 census. The city is the largest in Crawford County, and the center of the Bucyrus Micropolitan Statistical Area (as defined by the United States Census Bureau in 2003).

History

2004 Bratwurst Festival
2004 Bratwurst Festival Parade

The origin of the name Bucyrus is not certain. It was given by Col. James Kilbourne, who laid out the town in 1822. One theory is that the name Bucyrus is derived from "beautiful" coupled with the name of Cyrus the Great, founder of the First Persian Empire. An alternate theory is that the city was named after Busiris, a city of ancient Egypt.

The Bucyrus Foundry and Manufacturing Company, a predecessor to Bucyrus International, Inc. was founded in Bucyrus in 1880. The company moved to Wisconsin in 1893.

Bucyrus was once home to the Dostal Brothers Brewery. Founded in 1902, the brewery was run by John M. and George A. Dostal.

The Lincoln Highway, later US Route 30, was routed through the city along Mansfield Street in 1913. In 1971 a modern, limited-access bypass was built to the north, but the associated freeway links to the east and west of Bucyrus, replacing the old two-lane Lincoln Highway route, were not completed until 2005, nearly 35 years after they were first proposed.

On March 10, 2007, Bucyrus was featured as the town of the week on the nationally syndicated Public Radio International program, Whad'Ya Know?.

Geography

Bucyrus is located at 40°48′22″N 82°58′23″W / 40.80611°N 82.97306°W / 40.80611; -82.97306 (40.806014, -82.973169), along the Sandusky River. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.43 square miles (19.24 km2), of which 7.42 square miles (19.22 km2) is land and 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2) is water. Bucyrus is located 60 minutes north of Columbus, Ohio and 60 minutes south of Lake Erie.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1830 308
1840 1,634 430.5%
1850 2,315 41.7%
1860 2,180 −5.8%
1870 3,066 40.6%
1880 3,835 25.1%
1890 5,974 55.8%
1900 6,569 10.0%
1910 8,122 23.6%
1920 10,425 28.4%
1930 10,027 −3.8%
1940 9,727 −3.0%
1950 10,327 6.2%
1960 12,276 18.9%
1970 13,111 6.8%
1980 13,413 2.3%
1990 13,496 0.6%
2000 13,224 −2.0%
2010 12,362 −6.5%
2020 11,684 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 12,362 people, 5,320 households, and 3,219 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,666.0 inhabitants per square mile (643.2/km2). There were 5,983 housing units at an average density of 806.3 per square mile (311.3/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 96.3% White, 1.1% African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.5% from other races, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 5,320 households, of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.1% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.0% had a male householder with no wife present, and 39.5% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.85.

The median age in the city was 41.1 years. 22% of residents were under the age of 18; 7.8% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 24.5% were from 25 to 44; 27.3% were from 45 to 64; and 18.2% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 47.8% male and 52.2% female.

Recreation

Bucyrus, which calls itself "the Bratwurst Capital of America", is home to the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, held annually during the third weekend in August. It includes musical performances and a beauty pageant.

Education

Most of Bucyrus is served by the Bucyrus City School District, which currently includes one elementary school (preschool through 5th grade), and one junior/senior high (6th through 12th). The western edges of the city limits are served by the Wynford Local School District located just west of the city, and the far eastern portion of the city is in the Colonel Crawford Local School District, headquartered in nearby North Robinson.

Bucyrus is home to Crawford County's first institution of higher education, the Crawford Success Center, a satellite branch of North Central State College.

The city's public library is housed in its original Carnegie library building.

Notable people

  • Samuel Beer -American political scientist
  • George Fenner – American soldier
  • Ebenezer B. Finley -U.S. Representative
  • Stephen Ross Harris -U.S. Representative
  • Georgia Hopley – first female prohibition agent
  • John Hopley – editor and publisher of the Bucyrus Journal
  • Carol Kendall – children's book author
  • Judson Laipply – YouTuber
  • Gloria LeRoy – American actress
  • Harry L. Martin – Medal Of Honor recipient
  • Bob Monnett -American football player
  • Paul Pfeifer – Ohio Supreme Court justice
  • Carrie Fulton Phillips -Presidential mistress
  • Lauretta Schimmoler -American aviator
  • Micah Schnabel – American author and singer/songwriter
  • Cecil Souders – American football player
  • Fred Trautman -American baseball player
  • Howard Wakefield – American baseball player
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