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|• Mayor||Todd R. Hall|
|• Total||0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)|
|• Land||0.69 sq mi (1.79 km2)|
|• Water||0 sq mi (0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,093 ft (333 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||606|
|• Density||891.3/sq mi (344.1/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1048396|
In 1812, before the founding of Lucas, General Brooks and his army came up the Rocky Fork river with supplies for troops at Fort Meigs (located in Perrysburg, Ohio). They took a one day rest where the Village of Lucas now stands. This trip was no small task. Brooks was commanding more than one hundred wagons drawn by six hundred horses.
Lucas was founded in 1836 by a man named John Tucker. He laid out the land, but his brother, David Tucker, was the owner of the land that Lucas now sits on. A couple major factors in the location of Lucas, or any town during this time period, would be resources around it. The village is placed on the Pennsylvania railroad seven miles southeast of the bigger city of Mansfield, and is also located on the Rocky Fork river. A few months prior to the founding of this village, another small town tried to start down stream from where Lucas would soon be. This town was called Octororo. When Lucas was founded, a rivalry was created. Lucas won this rivalry because it grew faster than Octororo, and to this day there are no remnants of the failed town of Octororo. One of the reasons Lucas came out on top was because they had three mill sites. The names of these mills were LaRue, Zerby, and Oldfield. The Zerby mill was built in 1820, by Peter Zerby. In 1830, the LaRue and Oldfield mills will were constructed. LaRue mill by Mr. LaRue, and Oldfield mill by Reinhart Oldfield. The Oldfield mill continued operation up in to the 1950’s while being owned by Colonel George Weaver. Another reason Lucas was successful and was able to grow so fast, would be the many saw mills in the area placed on the Rocky Fork River. The first house in Lucas stood where the bank now sits on Main Street.
In 1945, Lucas was made famous as the location of Humphrey Bogart and Lauren Bacall's wedding. They were married on May 21 at Malabar Farm, the country home of Pulitzer Prize-winning author Louis Bromfield, who was a close friend of Bogart's. The wedding was held in the Big House.
In 1994, numerous sequences for the movie The Shawshank Redemption were filmed at Malabar Farm in Lucas. They included the scene at the beginning of the movie where Andy is parked outside his home contemplating murdering his wife (filmed outside of Pugh Cabin), and the oak tree and rock wall scene where Red finds the box from Andy under the black rock. The oak tree is clearly visible from Bromfield Road, and the adjacent rock wall is still standing to this day.
Lucas is located at  It lies southeast of Mansfield, a few miles from Interstate I-71 on State Route 39. Lucas is surrounded by the Rocky Fork and Black Fork rivers, and the Charles Mill Lake to the east, and the Pleasant Hill Lake to the south. Lucas has many hills and forests and is part of the Mohican Valley area, along with Loudonville, Perrysville, Butler and Bellville. According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 0.69 square miles (1.79 km2), all of it land.(40.703773, -82.420024).
As of the census of 2010, there were 615 people, 237 households, and 176 families residing in the village. The population density was 891.3 inhabitants per square mile (344.1 /km2). There were 269 housing units at an average density of 389.9 per square mile (150.5 /km2). The racial makeup of the village was 98.0% White, 0.3% African American, and 1.6% from two or more races.
There were 237 households of which 42.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 16.9% had a female householder with no husband present, 7.2% had a male householder with no wife present, and 25.7% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the village was 34.9 years. 29.1% of residents were under the age of 18; 9.4% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 27.8% were from 25 to 44; 21.9% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the village was 49.1% male and 50.9% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 620 people, 246 households, and 172 families residing in the village. The population density was 1,037.1 people per square mile (399.0/km²). There were 268 housing units at an average density of 448.3 per square mile (172.5/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 97.42% White, 0.81% African American, 0.48% Native American, 0.16% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.16% of the population.
There were 246 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.7% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.7% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the village the population was spread out with 27.6% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 31.3% from 25 to 44, 20.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females 8=)there were 96.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.1 males.
The median income for a household in the village was $37,813, and the median income for a family was $42,917. Males had a median income of $36,094 versus $20,625 for females. The per capita income for the village was $17,653. About 2.7% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.3% of those under age 18 and 7.8% of those age 65 or over.
Education and athletics
Lucas is in the Lucas Local School District. The district enrolls 584 students and administers 3 public schools including Lucas Elementary School, Lucas Heritage Middle School, and Lucas High School.
The Lucas "Cubs" are a member of the Mid-Buckeye Conference, participating in sports such as baseball, football, basketball, track, cross country, girls volleyball and girls softball. With class sizes around 40 students, Lucas is one of the smallest schools in the state of Ohio with an athletic program.
In 2005, Angela Foss won the school's only individual state championship. She took first place at the state meet in the Pole Vault.
In 1991, The baseball team reached the final four (state semi-finals), and lost 1-0 (on an unearned run) to the eventual state champions, Parkway High School. Still, to this day, this is the only time in which a team from Lucas made the State Semi-finals.
Notable natives and residents
- Johnny Appleseed, born John Chapman (September 26, 1774–March 18, 1845), was an American pioneer nurseryman who introduced the apple to large parts of Ohio, Indiana, and Illinois. He became an American legend while still alive, largely because of his kind and generous ways, his leadership in conservation, and also because of the symbolic importance of apples. His traveling ways lead him many times through the area of Lucas, and an Outdoor Amphitheatre outside of Lucas bears his name today.
- Louis Bromfield, author and conservationist
- Tim Seder, who coached and taught at Lucas High School, (born September 17, 1974 in Ashland, Ohio) was a National Football League placekicker for the Dallas Cowboys and Jacksonville Jaguars from 2000-2002.
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