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Pittsburg was established in 1876 by Col. E.H. Brown and grew quickly due to the booming coal mining and railroad industries. Pittsburg was incorporated in 1879 as a third class city. The area was settled by a diverse group of immigrants, representing more than 50 countries from around the world. The history and diversity of the area is celebrated every year through community events such as Little Balkans Days and Festa Italiana. With a current population of 20,276, Pittsburg is the largest city in southeast Kansas.

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