Bucyrus is centrally located in Crawford County 90 miles southwest
of Cleveland, 60 miles north of Columbus, and 80 miles southeast of
Toledo. Bucyrus is convenient to U.S. Routes 75, 71, 23, 70, 76 and
the Ohio Turnpike. It is served by two major rail lines: Norfolk
Southern Corp., and Consolidated Rail Corp., with service to all
major ports. Five state highways and one U.S. Highway pass through
and around Bucyrus.
The town's history began as a wild and booming community
frequented by some of the most famous people of the times. Crawford
County was named after Colonel William Crawford who was burned at the
stake by athe area's original native American inhabitants, with some
help from the British, in 1782.
"Bucyrus" is certainly original, and was penned by the
principle founder of the town, Colonel James Kilbourne. He was also a
minister, surveyor, road builder, and frequenter of the American
House Hotel & Tavern, a stagecoach stop on Sandusky Avenue. He
compressed the words "beautiful" and Cyrus" (a General in ancient
Persia) into "Bucyrus." He even wrote a song about the town and sang
it whenever he could. In addition to its name, Colonel Kilbourne is
also responsible for contributing to the wide streets and charming
square of Bucyrus where he conducted the first sale of lots in the
Before long Bucyrus prospered as an industrial center, well-known
for its heavy material fabrication and its diligent workers. Soon
more businesses came to the area including the world famous
Bucyrus-Erie Company, The Shunk Plow Company and Bucyrus Blades.
Later, the Timken Company,General Electric, Checkmate Boats, Inc. and
Baja Boats, Inc. also build factories in Bucyrus.
Every year for three days during August, Bucyrus hosts the
Bratwurst Festival, which has earned the town the U.S. Travel
Council's designation as the BRATWURST CAPITOL OF AMERICA. During the
festival thousands of people take time to enjoy the community and
enjoy Bucyrus-made Bratwurst. Between bites, visitors take time out
to enjoy free entertainment, both on and off stage, that ranges from
variety performances to top-notch entertainers. There are roving
street bands, oompah bands, Big Bands, Country and Western, as well
as Rock-n-Roll bands. A parade is held each day featuring drill
teams, Shrine Club units, clowns, ethnic entertainers, visiting
festival queens, and the renowned Ohio State University Marching
Alumni Band, just to name a few.