FLIGHTS OF FANCY
Famous for its crops of peaches, blueberries and blackberries, this Texas Main Street City’s charm is evident with its lovely shops and a prayer tower with Paccard bells from France that chime the hour with soft melodies that waft through town. Anglo settlement began in 1854; 20 years later, Pittsburg was designated the seat of Camp County. The 1928 Camp County Courthouse was designed in the Classical Revival style architects Smith and Praeger. The building features a stepped parapet, flat arched windows and Corinthian columns.
A replica of the Ezekiel Airship is a popular attraction at the Northeast Texas Rural Heritage Center & Museum in Pittsburg’s restored 1901 railroad depot. In 1902, the Rev. Burrell Cannon, a Pittsburg Baptist minister and inventor, built a “flying machine” based on descriptions in the biblical Book of Ezekiel. According to local lore, the craft got off the ground nearly a year before the Wright Brothers’ historic flight in 1903. The museum also tells the story of the Center Point Training School, which educated African American children from Texas and other states after the Civil War. Exhibits at the nearby Farmstead Museum include a restored and furnished 19th Century farmhouse, barn, smokehouse, and blacksmith shop.
Tracing East Texas ancestors is easy in the large genealogical section of the public library and at the friendly county courthouse. Historic graveyards abound in the area, many with marked graves dating in the 1850s. For outdoor lovers, Pittsburg is close to two state parks and five large lakes with an abundance of water sports - boating, fishing and water skiing.