Downtown Pittsburg (2012)
Location within Crawford County and Kansas
KDOT map of Crawford County (legend)
|• Mayor||Chuck Munsell |
|• City Manager||Daron Hall|
|• Total||12.90 sq mi (33.41 km2)|
|• Land||12.80 sq mi (33.15 km2)|
|• Water||0.10 sq mi (0.26 km2)|
|Elevation||942 ft (287 m)|
|• Estimate (2012)||20,360|
|• Density||1,600/sq mi (610/km2)|
|Time zone||Central (CST) (UTC-6)|
|• Summer (DST)||CDT (UTC-5)|
|FIPS code||20-56025 |
|GNIS feature ID||0469594 |
Pittsburg is a city in Crawford County, in southeastern Kansas, United States. It is the most populous city in Crawford County and in southeastern Kansas. As of the 2010 census, the city population was 20,233.
- 1 History
- 2 Geography
- 3 Demographics
- 4 Culture
- 5 Government
- 6 Education
- 7 Media
- 8 Infrastructure
- 9 Notable people
- 10 Gallery
- 11 References
- 12 Further reading
- 13 External links
On October 23, 1864, a wagon train of refugees had come from Fort Smith, Arkansas, and was escorted by troops from the 6th Kansas Cavalry under the command of Col. William Campbell. These were local men from Cherokee, Crawford, and Bourbon Counties. Their enlistment was over, and they were on their way to Fort Leavenworth to be dismissed from service. They ran into the 1st Indian Brigade led by Maj. Andrew Jackson Piercy near the current Pittsburg Waste Water Treatment Plant. They continued to the north when a small group of wagons broke away in an unsuccessful rush to safety. The Confederate troops caught up with them and burned the wagons. The death toll was three Union soldiers and 13 civilian men who had been with the wagon train. It was likely that one of the Confederates had also been killed. A granite marker memorial for the "Cow Creek Skirmish" was placed near the Crawford County Historical Museum on October 30, 2011.
Pittsburg sprang up in the fall of 1876 on a railroad line being built through the neighborhood. It was named after Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, and maps of the time give the town's name as "New Pittsburgh". George Hobson and Franklin Playter are credited with being the city's founders, establishing a government after its beginnings as a coal mining camp in the 1870s. The city was incorporated in 1879. The “New” was dropped upon incorporation of the City as a third class city on June 21, 1880, with M. M. Snow as its first Mayor. In 1892 it was advanced to a city of the second class, in 1905 Pittsburg attained the rank of first class.
The first dwelling was built by J. T. Roach in July 1876. The first post office in Pittsburg was established in August, 1876. The post office's name was spelled as Pittsburgh and New Pittsburgh for some time before 1894. In 1910, the population of Pittsburg was over 14,000.
Pittsburg is in the mineral and oil district and the zinc smelters give employment to 1,200.
Pittsburg is the home to Pittsburg State University, founded in 1903 as a normal training institution. Through the years the College became more diversified in its aims and goals, so that it became a multi-purpose institution. It has always had a strong manual and industrial arts program and has trained many of the area's public and private school teachers.
In 1879, two miners from Joplin began the first commercial attempts at mining in close proximity of Broadway Street. A relic of the city's coal mining days was the Pittsburg & Midway Coal Company, founded in 1885, and one of the oldest continuously running coal companies in the United States (even though its headquarters moved several years ago to Denver, Colorado after the Kansas mines closed). In September 2007, Chevron which owned the company, merged it with its Molycorp Inc. coal mining division to form Chevron Mining, thus ending the Pittsburg corporate name. Midway referred to a coal camp in eastern Crawford County, Kansas that was "midway" between Baxter Springs, Kansas and Fort Scott, Kansas. Kenneth A. Spencer, whose father was among the founders of the company was to play an important role in Kansas and Missouri philanthropy.
Pittsburg was also the most heavily unionized city in Kansas at the beginning of the 20th century. In addition to some coal mining, the economic base of the City now rests on industry.
The city has a rich cultural heritage from many Southern and Eastern European mine workers who settled in and around Pittsburg and Southeastern Kansas. It is situated in a once productive coal field. It now relies heavily on education and government-related employment.
Pittsburg is located at  According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.90 square miles (33.41 km2), of which, 12.80 square miles (33.15 km2) is land and 0.10 square miles (0.26 km2) is water. Pittsburg sits in the Ozark Highlands region, a mix of prairie and forests..
|Climate data for Pittsburg, Kansas|
|Record high °F (°C)||73
|Average high °F (°C)||42
|Average low °F (°C)||23
|Record low °F (°C)||−12
|Average precipitation inches (mm)||1.67
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 20,233 people, 8,142 households, and 4,087 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,580.7 inhabitants per square mile (610.3/km2). There were 9,210 housing units at an average density of 719.5 per square mile (277.8/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 87.1% White, 3.3% African American, 0.9% Native American, 2.0% Asian, 0.3% Pacific Islander, 3.0% from other races, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.7% of the population.
There were 8,142 households of which 27.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.3% were married couples living together, 12.2% had a female householder with no husband present, 4.8% had a male householder with no wife present, and 49.8% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.97.
The median age in the city was 26.2 years. 20.7% of residents were under the age of 18; 27% were between the ages of 18 and 24; 23.3% were from 25 to 44; 17.3% were from 45 to 64; and 11.7% were 65 years of age or older. The gender makeup of the city was 49.9% male and 50.1% female.
As of the census of 2000, there were 19,243 people, 7,980 households, and 4,213 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,546.2 people per square mile (596.8/km²). There were 8,855 housing units at an average density of 711.5 per square mile (274.6/km²). The people are 89.73% White, 3.11% Black/African American, 1.08% Native American, 1.94% Asian, 0.17% Pacific Islander, 1.90% from other races, and 2.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.75% of the population.
There were 7,980 households out of which 25.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.0% were married couples living together, 11.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.2% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.91.
In the city the population was spread out with 20.8% under the age of 18, 24.1% from 18 to 24, 24.1% from 25 to 44, 16.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 28 years. For every 100 females there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.0 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $24,221, and the median income for a family was $36,674. Males had a median income of $26,312 versus $20,132 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,318. About 13.6% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 10.3% of those age 65 or over.
Little Balkans Days is a celebration that is unique to Pittsburg. This celebration of the community's European ethnic heritage features games, entertainment, a parade, competitions, and arts and crafts. It is held in conjunction with the Labor Day holiday.
Points of interest
- Crawford County Historical Museum
- Miners' Memorial & Immigrant Park
- Pittsburg Aquatic Center
- Kiddieland Amusement Park
Primary and secondary education
- Meadowlark Elementary School
- George Nettels Elementary School
- Lakeside Elementary
- Westside Elementary
- Pittsburg Community Middle School
- Pittsburg High School
- St. Mary's-Colgan High School, Parochial Catholic School
- Countryside Christian School, Private Christian School (K-6)
- Covenant Harvest, Christian School
- Pittsburg State University
- Fort Scott Community College, School of cosmetology
- Labette Community College, Cherokee Center
- Pittsburg Public Library
- Leonard H. Axe Library, Pittsburg State University offers community library cards.
Pittsburg is a center of broadcast media for southeastern Kansas. Two AM and five FM radio stations are licensed to and/or broadcast from the city, and it is the second principal city of the Joplin-Pittsburg television market. The market's CBS and Fox network affiliates both broadcast from the city along with an independent station.
In popular culture and the arts
In late 2012, NBC news anchor Brian Williams, who started his career in Pittsburg, Kansas as a journalist at KOAM-TV, covered the local story of a fried chicken war between Chicken Annie's and Chicken Mary's on the Travel Channel.
- Bus System, Pittsburg Area Community Transportation (P.A.C.T)
- Taxi services
- Atkinson Municipal Airport, Aircraft based on the field 41
- Via Christi Hospital (formerly Mt. Carmel Regional Medical Center) serves the area with services such as Regional Cancer and Heart Centers.
Notable individuals who were born in and/or have lived in Pittsburg include:
- Donald L. Allegrucci, Kansas state legislator and jurist, was born in Pittsburg.
- Ralph Berry, Professional wrestler
- P.J. Forbes, former Major League Baseball player
- Hugh Gillin, actor
- Roy Glenn, actor
- Don Gutteridge, former Major League Baseball player and manager
- Alexander Howat, United Mine Workers of America leader
- Kerry Meier, current NFL football player for the Atlanta Falcons
- Russell Myers, former illustrator for Hallmark Cards
- John Lair, Special Olympics powerlifting coach 
- Dennis Rader BTK Serial Killer, born in Pittsburg
- Vance Randolph, folklorist
- Bill Russell (baseball), former Major League Baseball player, coach, and manager
- Robert H. Trent, Wyoming State Senator and mining engineer was born in Pittsburg.
- Paul White, broadcast journalism pioneer and CBS news director in the 1930s
- Pittsburg - Directory of Public Officials
- Pittsburg - Government
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- Engraved memorial marker dedicated to lives lost in Cow Creek Skirmish; The Morning Sun; November 1, 2011.
- A Twentieth Century History and Biographical Record of Crawford County, Kansas. The Lewis Publishing Company. 1905. p. 34.
- Kansas State Historical Society (1916). Biennial Report of the Board of Directors of the Kansas State Historical Society. Kansas State Printing Plant. p. 171.
- Blackmar, Frank Wilson (1912). Kansas: A Cyclopedia of State History, Volume 2. Standard Publishing Company. p. 480.
- History of Pittsburg, Official Homepage of the city
- "Kansas Post Offices, 1828-1961, page 2 (archived)". Kansas Historical Society. Retrieved 6 June 2014.
- Chevron executive bullish on growth of coal industry – Denver Business Journal – November 16, 2007
- Former Mining Communities of the Cherokee-Crawford Coal Field of Southeastern Kansas – Kansas Historical Quarterly – Summer 1972
- Randy Roberts, Janette Mauk: Pittsburgh, Introduction, p. 9., 2009, ISBN 9780738561165
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- "PSU Collegio". Mondo Times. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- "Radio Stations in Pittsburg, Kansas". Radio-Locator. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- "Joplin-Pittsburg TV Market". EchoStar Knowledge Base. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- "Stations for Joplin, Missouri". RabbitEars.Info. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- "TVQ TV Database Query". Federal Communications Commission. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- "AMGTV Affiliates" (PDF). AMGTV. Retrieved 2011-12-17.
- Brian Williams covers Fried Chicken feud
- History of the State of Kansas; William G. Cutler; A.T. Andreas Publisher; 1883. (Online HTML eBook)
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