Welcome To Bucyrus, Ohio- Where I was Born and Raised
Located in a rural area of Northwest Ohio, there is a small, basically farm-based community who prides themselves on the German heritage that established the town in 1822. The name Bucyrus is derived from “Beautiful” and “Cyrus the Great”, King of Persia by Col. James Kilbourne, who platted the community, according to James Croneis, former editor of the newspaper Bucyrus Telegraph-Forum. Welcome to my hometown. I was born and raised in Bucyrus, Ohio and I loved every minute of it.
Located almost dead center in town is the “Square”, where the trolley tracks and hub of the town originated. While the trolleys are gone, and they have rerouted traffic into a mess that even I don’t really understand, it is still a beautiful area. With the old buildings ripped down to make way for modern ones- a decision that I did NOT agree with- and the gorgeous mural and fountain, it’s both functional and pretty.
I’m not sure how old the above picture is, but I’m pretty sure the building to the left is the library (still standing and not updated into a modern monstrosity yet) and the right is the original post office. A new building was constructed in 1932 and hasn’t changed much from the original.
The original Bucyrus High School (above) once again this has been changed, updated and a new high school built AND remodeled. The new high school is on the west end of town, almost outside city limits, and only about a mile from the local rural school district. (Wynford Local Schools- which is where I attended and graduated from.)
The pride of Bucyrus is our Bratwurst Festival, held the third weekend in August each year. It is a three-day festival (Thursday thru Saturday) with tons of food, entertainment, and fun. It’s slowly dying out and is nowhere near the size I remember it being when I was younger. We still boast the best bratwurst around, tho. Serve it up on rye with mustard and saurkraut!! For more about the Bratwurst Festival, visit http://www.bucyrusbratwurstfestival.com.
I will do more articles on specific places, events, and businesses in Bucyrus in future posts. I hope that you love learning about our little town and visit sometime!
If you can, why not plan to visit our little town the third weekend of August and check out the Bratwurst Festival. You will not be disappointed at our homage to our German roots.