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Ohio was the site of a major oil boom in the late 19th century, with oil wells producing millions of barrels of oil per year. The town of Lima, Ohio, became known as the "little giant of the oil industry" because of the large number of oil companies headquartered there.
Crawford County, Ohio has an interesting history that dates back to the early 19th century. The area was first settled by European immigrants in the early 1800s, primarily from Pennsylvania and Virginia. The county was officially established in 1820, and named after William Crawford, a military officer and politician who served in the Revolutionary War.

During its early years, Crawford County had a primarily agricultural economy, with settlers engaging in farming and raising livestock. The county's location near major transportation routes, such as the Sandusky River and the Galion-Crestline-Caledonia Railroad, contributed to its growth and economic development. The discovery of natural gas in the late 19th century further spurred industrialization and attracted businesses to the area.

Crawford County played a significant role in the American Civil War. Many of its residents enlisted in the Union Army, and the county contributed several regiments to the war effort. Notably, Colonel William Harvey Gibson from Crawford County led the 9th Ohio Volunteer Cavalry, gaining recognition for his leadership and bravery.

In the 20th century, Crawford County saw continued growth and development. The county became known for its manufacturing industry, with companies like the Tappan Stove Company and the Galion Iron Works establishing operations in the area. The county also became home to several military bases during World War II, contributing to the local economy and providing employment opportunities.

Today, Crawford County is a diverse community with a strong agricultural heritage. It offers a mix of urban and rural living, with its cities and towns providing various amenities and opportunities for residents. The county continues to evolve and adapt to changing economic landscapes, while preserving and celebrating its rich history.

This timeline provides a condensed summary of the historical journey of Crawford County, Ohio.

  • 1817 - Crawford County was established on April 1
  • 1830 - The county seat was moved to Bucyrus from Leesville
  • 1879 - Bucyrus became the world's leader in the manufacturing of mechanical corn pickers
  • 1900 - The county's population reached its peak at 33,957 people
  • 1908 - The present-day courthouse in Bucyrus was completed
  • 1910 - A devastating flood occurred in Bucyrus
  • 1934 - The state reformatory was established in Bucyrus
  • 1949 - The county's population began to decline
  • 1981 - The infamous Bucyrus tornado struck the city, causing significant damage
  • 2000 - The county's population dropped to 46,966 people
  • 2019 - Crawford County celebrated its bicentennial