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

Top 10 Pizza Places in Crawford County (As Polled by You)

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According to statistics, 93% of Americans will eat pizza at least once in the next 30 days. If you’re one of those people craving a slice of true American cuisine, check out our list of the Top 10 Pizza Places in Crawford County. 1. Horton’s Pizza Plus… Read More

National Meat Week

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Meat lovers rejoice! It’s the one week of the year that is all about your favorite savory, smoky, meaty meals. To celebrate National Meat Week, let’s take a look at some of Crawford County’s best places to get a hearty slab of meat. In addition, we will be… Read More

The Best Pies in Crawford County

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As David Mamet wrote in Boston Marriage, “We must have a pie. Stress cannot exist in the presence of a pie.” There’s something special about sharing a piece of pie. From the sweet, creamy filling to the a crumbly crust, it’s a moment you… Read More

Staying Wet in a Dry Land: Bootlegging in Southeast Kansas

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“It may have been illegal, but it wasn’t wrong.” Miners Hall Museum board member Alan Roberts says this is how Southeast Kansans of the 1920’s and 30’s described one of the area’s economic staples: bootlegging. Those were the years of… Read More