Restoring a Treasure at the Colonial Fox Theatre

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  “You can tell the world that Pittsburg has one of the finest theatres in [the] Southwest.” That was the Pittsburg Daily Headlight’s introduction to the newly opened Colonial Theatre in March of 1920. By all accounts, the new theatre made a dramatic impact on the local entertainment… Read More

PCT Kicks Off Diverse Season with a Bonus Show

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For the first time in a nearly decade, Pittsburg Community Theatre is offering patrons more choices this year with a fourth show added to the season’s lineup. Not since 2008 has that happened, when PCT produced “Honk,” “Little Shop of Horrors,” “Love Rides the Rails,” and “Dinner With Friends.”… Read More

PCT opens season with show for anyone who has been, or is, a teen

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13: A show about teens, by teens, for teens. Geek. Poser. Jock. Beauty Queen. Wannabe. These are the labels that can last a lifetime. With an unforgettable rock score from Tony Award-winning composer, Jason Robert Brown, (Parade, The Last Five Years, Bridges of Madison County) Pittsburg Community Theatre’s first… Read More

The Amazon Army – Social Influence of the Coal Camp Women

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In the early 1920s, Southeast Kansas’ coal mining industry was the site of volatile political statements. The largest industry in the area, coal mining had state- and nationwide consequences; the Kansas government often sought control over miner’s unions, attempting to avoid worker strikes and subsequent fuel shortages. The miners themselves… Read More

Treasuring Local Art

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Often encompassing the spirit and uniqueness of the community, local art is something to treasure. Since last spring, downtown Pittsburg has been the home of a local art gallery created with that very mission in mind, and whose featured art is as varied as its artists. ArtForms Gallery… Read More

Hotel Stilwell History

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The Hotel Stilwell’s history runs back to 1889, when a board of trade sought funds to build a high-class, metropolitan hotel to rival those in Chicago and St. Louis. Funds for the hotel came together through the work of railroad tycoon Arthur E. Stilwell… Read More

Myth Or Fact?: Diamonds Are Made From Coal

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Southeast Kansas and, in particular, Crawford County have a strong history in coal mining and the question, “Are diamonds made from coal?” often arises when discussing the topic. But according to Chad Comeau, owner of Comeau Jewelry, in Pittsburg, KS there is a common… Read More

Making (radio) waves in Crawford County at KKOW

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Today a local favorite among country listeners, the Pittsburg-based KKOW radio boasts an interesting beginning, a storied history of on-air personalities, and a bright future within a familiar community. To celebrate World Radio Day, let’s take a look at how KKOW grew to become an active member of… Read More

Growing Businesses Find Fertile Ground in Crawford County

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Many people associate Crawford County with the best of the Midwest: Close-knit communities, hardworking people, space to grow, and reasonable living expenses. Not only is this good for families and small business owners, it’s a great environment for inventors and entrepreneurs. Todd Allison is the… Read More