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 H. Bangs, a postal official.
- 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.
- "Knox County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 29 December 2015.
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