Crawford County is in Northwest Ohio. Due to glacial activity about 18,000 years ago, Crawford County was scraped somewhat flat, lending itself to large open grain fields and few hills. A unique feature to the landscape in Crawford County leaves the Sandusky River flowing North to Lake Erie and the Olentangy River flowing to the South. These rivers are only about three miles apart. This feature was popular with early visitors who used the rivers as highways and left the area littered with artifacts from early man. Today you will find modern, well maintained roads and a very open and friendly population.
(over 5,000 people)
Villages: (under 5,000 people)
Crawford County lay in the agricultural heartland of Ohio.. The majority of the land is dedicated to agriculture, raising soy beans, corn, sorghum, wheat and other grains. Some of the grain is diverted to feed for local livestock that includes bison, swine and cattle production as well as lamb, sheep, dairy and some fowl. Grain is shipped out of the County by the "train loads" from several destinations within the County. Visitors come from all over the world to learn agricultural techniques, purchase breeding stock and genetics. There is also a good manufacturing base with companies like General Electric, Timken, Covert Pattern, Swan Rubber providing substantial employment. Major rail lines pass east/west - north/south through the County although the closest Amtrak passenger service by rail is in Sandusky.
Crawford County is a real "melting pot' of ethnic backgrounds from all over the USA and world, somewhat due to the rail road history in the area. Most speak English, few speak Spanish and fewer other languages. In most cases, you will find the local population having good patience and understanding with non-English speaking visitors. If you need translation, the first place to visit would be a local library, which can be found in all cities and most villages.
Crawford County is at the intersection of State Route 30 E/W and State Route 4 N/S. There is no passenger train service.
As there is no public transportation based in Crawford County and few taxi's, one must rely on their own mode of transportation, usually an automobile. However, the rural nature of the county roads, lend themselves well to bicycles and motorcycles as well as walking. Hitchhiking would be frowned on by the local police and likely result in interrogation if not worse. If on a bicycle or motorcycle, keep an eye out for animals, especially dogs. Best defense = air horn/fog horn, or better yet, a good squirt from a drinking bottle.
When visiting Ohio Counties, you will find that the best road maps are usually free from County Engineers offices: Crawford County Engineer, 815 Whetstone Street, Bucyrus, PH:419-562-7731.
Hunting: There is an over supply of "grain fed" white tailed deer in Crawford County.There is a bow, muzzle loader and rifle season. You may harvest up to three deer, depending on which license you have.
Fishing: Most of the larger bodies of water, all rivers and streams are open to the public for fishing. Many of the smaller ponds are private, but most will allow public fishing with permission. All require an Ohio Fishing license. Even though the rivers and streams are public, one may not trespass onto the land. Fishing license covers turtles and frog.
Auto and Truck Parts: Crawford County has been nationally known for its automobile, truck wrecking and salvage yards. Visitors come from far and wide in search of parts for their vehicles. Thousands of vehicles of many makes and models are picked clean to the bone before being recycled into new metals.
This is not what you would consider a "high crime" area. The most dangerous animal in the county may be the large population of deer, who will stand in the road and just look at you while you bear down on them at 60 miles per hour. They pop right out in front of you from woods and fields, day and night. If you see one, slow way down, there will be more behind, they travel in small herds and do not get out of the way. Infrequently, you will have the same experience with farm animals. You may find them in the middle of the road during winter months licking salt off of the roads. They will not move.