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Bucyrus, famous for its bratwurst and its hand-hammered copper kettles, was settled in 1817. The name Bucyrus is derived from two words, beautiful" and "Cyrus," a king of Persia. In 1913, the Lincoln Highway (America's first transcontinental road) was built through Bucyrus. It was traversed by bootleggers during Prohibition, and some buildings and streets in town even had underground escape routes. Bucyrus is full of beautiful historic homes and buildings, many of which are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. It is a city of industry, home to Timken Roller Bearing Company, maker of bearings for over 100 years and also the maker of powerboats, rubber hoses, mining machinery, and plows."
About the Author
Marian Schiefer Vance was born in Bucyrus and is currently the director of development for the Preservation Ohio, a programming consultant for Historic Preservation Leadership, on the board of the Ohio Historical Society, and a member of the Capital Square Review and Advisory Board. She just finished a two-year term as president of the Columbus Landmarks Foundation, served as the president of the Ohio Preservation Alliance, and was the director of Scenic Ohio. She has written several pieces on Ohio history throughout her career.