John Stankewitz, January 2005
of this area began in the 1850s. The W. H. Pitts (1815-1898) family
arrived from Georgia in 1854, and soon were joined by more settlers
from the southern United States. Pitts donated land for a townsite,
which was named in his honor. In 1874, when Camp County was created
from Upshur County, Pittsburg became county seat. Two railroad lines
were built through the area by 1880, and in 1891 the citizens voted
to incorporate their town. Pittsburg continues to serve as a transportation,
business, marketing, and cultural center for the county.
Texas Landmarks / Attractions
Park and Prayer Tower
- Jefferson and Lafayette Street.
"The tower features four Paccard bells from France and a chapel
that never closes."
- In late 1902, at least a year before the Wright brothers soared
into the sky, an airplane designed by Rev. Burrell Cannon was flown
160 feet at Pittsburg.
Ezekiel Airship by Bob Bowman (From "All Things Historical")
First Air Flight by Bob Bowman (From "All Things Historical")
by Bob Bowman
Few East Texas foods are as well-known as those spicy sausages,
better known as “hot links,” served at Pittsburg (the one in East
Texas Rural Heritage Center & Museum
In the old Cotton Belt Railroad Depot on Marshall St.
Thursday - Saturday 10AM - 4PM. 903-856-0463
Chapel was about 6-8 miles west of Pittsburg down an old county
road. Finding churches like this just about take my breath away."
Recreation - Area Lakes and Fishing
These lakes "within
eighteen miles of Pittsburg that are reputed to be among the best
bass-fishing lakes in Texas."
Lake Bob Sandlin
Lake O' the
Book Area Hotel:
Pleasant Hotels | Texarkana
Pittsburg Tourist Information
Camp County Chamber of Commerce:
903- 856-3442, 800-207-3442
202 Jefferson Street Pittsburg, Texas 75686
Pittsburg water tower
Photo courtesy Kazu
I want to say I had the honor of visiting Pittsburg in 1991! My
father was Milton Cheney and we(my seven siblings and I) had never
met our fathers family. He was born in Oregon as all of us were.
After some searching I found Sam and Earline Jones. Earline is my
Dad's sister. It was very exciting to visit the town where a lot
of our roots were from. I must say I loved Pittsburg! I also loved
all the Cheneys I met. I truly want to visit again some day. Sincerely,
Dixie Nunn, Lebanon, Oregon, March 20, 2006
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