Pittsburg, Kansas

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Pittsburg is a city in Crawford County, in Southeast Kansas, United States. It lies 90 miles (140 km) west of Springfield, Missouri, and 137 miles (220 km) northeast of Tulsa, Oklahoma. It is the most populous city in Crawford County and in southeastern Kansas. The population was 19,243 as of the 2000 census.

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History

It was founded on May 20, 1876, and was originally named Iowa City. 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. Pittsburg is often referred to as the Fried Chicken Capital of the World.

Pittsburg is the home to Pittsburg State University, founded as a normal training 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.

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.[3] Midway referred to a coal camp in eastern Crawford County, Kansas that was "midway" between Baxter Springs, Kansas and Fort Scott, Kansas.[4] Kenneth A. Spencer, whose father was among the founders of the company was to play an important role in Kansas and Missouri philanthropy.

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