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Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg, Kansas

Pittsburg's birth came with the beginning of the coal boom in Crawford County. Frank Playter, a banker and lawyer who resided in Girard during the late 1800's, traveled as far away as Boston to convince the railroads to lay track through the center of the coal fields in this extreme Southeastern part of Kansas.

After failed attempts, Playter finally sold his idea. Although a rail line ran through Girard, it missed the coal fields. So a point in the center of Baker township was designated. Playter found the government marker where two sections of lines met at the center of the township, and dubbed his town as New Pittsburg. in May of 1876.

New Pittsburg was changed to Pittsburg in 1881. Pittsburg was once the 4th largest city in Kansas with populations exceeding 50,000 during the late 1800's and early 1900's. It was then and still is the largest city in Crawford County.


Crawford County has 3,597 acres of walk-in hunting.

Attractions and Upcoming Events

Pittsburg Aquatic Center

10,000 square feet of Summer Fun!

Pittsburg, KS Water Parks

Crawford County State Lake

Crawford County State Lake is a public fishing area. The marina offers boat ramps, picnic facilities and swimming beach. Camping - 63

Pittsburg, KS Recreation

Big Brutus RV Park and Museum

One of the most unique day trips in Southeast Kansas is to Big Brutus, 11,000,000 pounds of fun! Big Brutus is the world's second largest electric mining shovel. Walk through its cavernous body, sit in the operators chair or climb 16

Pittsburg, KS Family Fun-Referred

Mined Land Wildlife Areas

Located in Crawford, Cherokee, and Labette Counties, the Mined Land Wildlife Area (MLWA) encompasses about 14,500 acres in 46 scattered tracts. Most of this wildlife area was once surface mined for coal. About 200

Pittsburg, KS Wildlife Areas

Fisk Opus 106 Pipe Organ

The Opus 106 Pipe Organ is a superb mechanical-action pipe organ built by one of the finest organ builders in the world. It arrived on the Pittsburg State campus in March, 1995, and was presented to the university in inaugural festivities, October 1995.

Pittsburg, KS Arts

Things to do near Pittsburg, KS

Walking Stations

Walking Stations: Fredonia Southeast City Park (2 blocks south of Washington on 15th St.) and Pryor Field (11th and Robinson)...

Garnett Country Club and Golf Course

The Garnett Golf Course in the North Lake area, offers a truly lovely nine-hole course where green fees are low and tee-time ...