Pittsburg, California

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Coordinates: 38°01′41″N 121°53′05″W / 38.02806°N 121.88472°W / 38.02806; -121.88472

Pittsburg (formerly, Black Diamond, and New York of the Pacific)[3] is a city located in eastern Contra Costa County, California, the outer portion of the East Bay region of the San Francisco Bay Area. The city has access to one BART station the Pittsburg/Bay Point Station located in Bay Point, service will be extended into the city via DMU train with a Railroad Avenue station that is currently under construction.[4] The current zip code is 94565 for both Pittsburg and Bay Point, and the area code is 925.



In 1849, Colonel Jonathan D. Stevenson (from New York) bought the Rancho Los Medanos land grant, and laid out a town he called New York of the Pacific.[5] By 1850, this venture failed.[5] With the discovery of coal in the nearby town of Nortonville, California, the place became a port for coaling, and adopted the name Black Diamond, after the mining firm[5] that built the Black Diamond Coal Mining Railroad from there to Nortonville.[6] Due to the industrial potential of the site, a name change to Pittsburg was proposed in 1909.[5]

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