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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

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

Bison Herd

The Bison heard is on display year round. Stop and view the bison herd as you imagine earlier days when the plains were filled with these magnificent animals. Fun Fact: A bison has 14 pair of ribs instead of the 13 pair found in the

Pittsburg, KS Natural Attractions

Pittsburg Aquatic Center

10,000 square feet of Summer Fun!

Pittsburg, KS Water Parks

Hotel Stilwell

The Hotel Stilwell was built in 1880 and placed on the State and National Registers of Historic Places in 1980

Pittsburg, KS Historic Buildings

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

Things to do near Pittsburg, KS

Higgie Family Homes

The Higgie family was a founding family with 10 children (5 of whom settled in Girard). Captain John and three sons were ship...

Pawnee Wildlife Preserve

Pawnee Wildlife Preserve is the answer for today's hunter. It is getting almost impossible to find a good private place to hu...

Lebo City Lake

The Lebo City lake was rebuilt in 1997. Originally constructed as the citys' water supply, the lake is being developed as a r...