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Lucas

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Lucas is a village located in south eastern Richland County, Ohio, United States. Lucas is part of the Mansfield, Ohio Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryDavid Tucker, a New Hampshire resident, moved to Richland County in 1819, where he set in a proposal to buy land in the rural country of the county. He was granted this proposal in 1824, allowing him to buy land from the state at $1.25 per acre. After purchasing a mass quantity of land from the state, David hired Mr. Steward to survey the land for auctioning out. David's brother, John, was placed in charge as the head attorney authored to sell land to incoming settlers and pioneers in 1829. The auction was advertised in the local handbill "The Mansfield Shield and Banner", in which the land was described as "as good as a wheat growing country as the state can have." In response by this statement, the land for three major wheat mills were bought that year and were build in the following months. The town officially built and commissioned a postal office later that year. In 1830, the Chicago Railroad Company paid for tracks to be laid down on the south side of town of the town as well as a depot. By 1834, the Lucas area was full of houses and shops, becoming a major rural center for Richland County, mostly due to being the first town in the county to receive federal aid in its building. This is due to the land where Lucas presided being a campsite of General John Brooks (governor) as he marched north from Mansfield during the War of 1812, thus qualifying it as a historical site at the time. Currently three theories exist on how the Village of Lucas acquired its name. 1) The town was named after the current at the time and 12th Governor of Ohio, Robert Lucas (governor). 2) The town was named in honor of Governor Lucas's brother, a major land owner for the town. 3) The town was named in honor of the Tucker Brother's mother's maiden name, Lucas. However the name came to be, the town of Lucas was officially established according to Ohio standards at the time in 1836.
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