The village was built along the Cleveland, Mt. Vernon, and Columbus Railroad about 1873 as the railroad was being constructed. A post office called Bangs was established in 1874, and remained in operation until 1955. The railroad village was named for George Bangs, a postal official.
The fictional photographer, Lillian Virginia Mountweazel, who died in 1973 in an explosion while on assignment for Combustibles magazine, was born there. She was known for her photo-essays of unusual subject matter, including New York City buses, the cemeteries of Paris, and rural American mailboxes.
- U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Bangs, Ohio
- Graham, Albert Adams (1881). History of Knox County, Ohio: Its Past and Present, Containing a Condensed, Comprehensive History of Ohio. A. A. Graham & Company. p. 500.
- "Columbus Railroads". Retrieved 18 February 2016. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- "Knox County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 29 December 2015. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
- Alford, Henry. "Not a Word". The New Yorker. Retrieved 2020-04-13.