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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

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


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 Public Library

The Pittburg Public Library, listed on the National Register of Historical Landmarks, is an example of the Prarie School of Architecture. Built in 1910

Pittsburg, KS Carnegie Libraries

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

Things to do near Pittsburg, KS

Wolf Creek Environmental Education Area

The Environmental Education Area provides an excellent opportunity to experience and learn about the nature of eastern Kansas...

Opothle Yahola

Speaker - Prophet - Medicine Man of the Upper Creek Nation Opothle Yahola was born in the late 1700s in the tribal town...

Big Hill Swimming Beaches

With Big Hill being one of the clearest lakes in Kansas the sand-covered beach has become a popular spot for cooling off from...