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Pittsburg, Kansas Facts:
- County: Crawford
- Coverage Area (Total): 12.90 sq. miles
- Elevation: 942 ft.
- Population: 20,276
- Cities/Towns covered in local Names and Numbers Phone Book: Kansas – Pittsburg, Frontenac; Missouri – E Pittsburg
Pittsburg was founded as a coal mining camp in the 1870s, and incorporated in 1880. It was established as part of a plan to build a railroad from Joplin, Missouri to Girard, Kansas for the purpose of selling lead and zinc mined in Joplin. Pittsburg's early growth was directly attributed to the arrival of more railroads, zinc smelters, foundries, and the manufacturing of clay products. The Pittsburg & Midway Coal Company, founded in 1885, was one of the oldest continuously running coal companies in the U.S.
Today, education plays a vital role in Pittsburg's economy, with Pittsburg State University serving as the cornerstone. The university was founded in 1903 and became a full-fledged four-year institution in 1913 (known as Kansas State Teachers College of Pittsburg at the time; the change to Pittsburg State University came in 1977). It offers over 100 academic programs within the colleges of Arts and Sciences, Business, Education, and Technology, and the Kelce College of Business has been continually accredited by the AACSB.
The Pitt State football program also has a rich heritage, producing the most wins of any NCAA Division II program in history since it began in 1908. The Gorillas have won four national football championships, with the latest coming in 2011 over Wayne State University (MI). The program also has 27 conference championships in its school history.
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