Bucyrus, OH

You might think of Bucyrus, Ohio, as just another town with a melodious appellation, but you’d be overlooking the local tale that “Bucyrus” was a combination of the words “beautiful” and “Cyrus,” referring to the loveliness of the countryside and to Cyrus the Great, founder of the Persian empire. The name was coined by the town’s founder, Col. James Kilbourne, said to be an admirer of the ancient Persian general and ruler. Bucyrus, for reasons having nothing to do with Persia, is today known as the Bratwurst Capital of America, home to the Bucyrus Bratwurst Festival, held every August with plenty of brats, music, and a beauty pageant. And you’ve got to love the horse-drawn postal wagons lined up in front of the post office for the photo.

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