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Bucyrus, Ohio
September 11, 2008
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My, what a handsome looking coach! Parked on the main street about 100 feet from the center of town crossroad, on this Thursday afternoon Bucyrus was anything but bustling


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Bucyrus is the county seat of Crawford County and is therefore home to this elegant Court House. In common with hundreds of similar small mid-west cities, Bucyrus is not doing well economically


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And guess what - MURALS! - a telling sign, in our experience, of a community in trouble. It has to be said though, that the two murals we found in this burg were stunningly executed


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Here is the second mural, right on the central square. Note the painted shadow of the pillar on the left hand side - again, an excellent illusion


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This cute little auto service boutique seemed none too busy either. What a deal on scooters though - Buy one and have fun!


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The First Presbyterian Church, built in 1906, deserves an award for Ugly


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The Good Hope Lutheran looks a little more stately and has a "Prophet sharing plan". This sure is corn country


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Built in 1898, the First United Methodist Church was overhauled and re-dedicated in 1990. I wonder why


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The handsome bell tower houses a couple of public address loudspeakers rather than those old fashioned bell things. Technology is great isn't it?


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A block further on, St Paul's Lutheran Church sprawls all over this corner. Bucyrus had a large German contingent which may account for the two Lutheran churches - it certainly is the cause of the town's attachment to the manufacture and consumption of wurst


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With the exception of the grandly housed United States Post Office, this was probably the best maintained building in the whole of downtown. We didn't try the pizza


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Next door to another liquidation sale stands the "Bucyrus" theater. We couldn't determine whether the advertized "Benefit" was this year or last year


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If it is this year, they have probably left it too late


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This bland little building on Walnut Street turned out to be the most interesting find in the city. Built in 1873 it is now on the Historic Register of Buildings and has continuously housed the apple butter bucket maker, D Picking Company, since 1874


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Just inside the front door is this workbench which has stood here for 133 years


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After the business was electrified in 1911 the belt system powering all the machines was driven by an electric motor housed in the second storey


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Various hammer and peening machines stand around the business premises, all belt driven of course


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Ohio winters are COLD and this huge stove probably keeps most employees close by when it is lit. Three pieces of part finished product can be seen behind the stove


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Here, one of the six coppersmiths is forming the bottom of a bucket


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More work in progress of various sizes


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Finished apple-butter buckets ready for shipment


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An ornamental bucket that retails for $475.00. Such a container was traditionally used for making Swiss cheese. Back to the real world...


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Americans with Disabilities Act, ADA, also interpreted as Attorneys Dreams Answered, produced numerous unintended consequences. The Bucyrus Public Library is now defaced by this wooden ramp, the City's affordable answer to providing wheelchair access necessary to keep the door open. Pity such bureaucratic ingenuity is not applied to putting the town back on its feet
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