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Great events and daytrips for everyone!

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ON THE COVER Mural: “Pittsburg, Kansas”


ON THE COVER Mural: “Pittsburg, Kansas”

A beautiful partnership Ron Womble

Downtown Pittsburg is brighter and more Oliver said his students learned a great beautiful because of the cooperation

deal from the project. Most had never

State University.

learned about the process of transferring

between the community and Pittsburg

worked on a large-scale painting, so they a small design to a much larger space.

A new mural on the south wall of the Beck Beyond artistic techniques, the students and Hill Meat Market on Broadway is the

also learned a great deal about the

Mural and Large-Scale Painting class. The

clients, making schedules and meeting

work of PSU Art Professor Jamie Oliver’s work was commissioned by Pittsburg’s Downtown District Committee and

funding for the project came from a grant from the SEK Art Fest.

Oliver said each of the 12 students in his class submitted a design, based on a set of criteria developed by the Downtown

District Committee. Out of many strong designs, the committee selected one by

business of art, including working with deadlines and budgets.

“The mural had to be finished and ready for installation to make the Oct. 30

deadline,” Oliver said, “so we started with

Wilbert said the completed project not

only brightens downtown, it also serves as reminder of the positive impact that PSU

students have on the Pittsburg community. “The mural is a visual reminder that in

addition to adding to the local economy,

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Pittsburg State University students also enrich the social and cultural life of the

community and the region,” Wilbert said.

“It was great to partner with them on this project.”

the way the students stuck to the schedule and made their deadlines. They should all be proud of their work.”

Oliver added that working as a team can

The 12-foot-by-24-foot mural is actually

the very personal expression that solitary

signboard panels. The students prepared

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Oliver said, and quickly organized

the Sistine Chapel. The completed work

the work, which was done largely outside

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the same technique Michelangelo used on themselves into a rotation to accomplish

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Quality of Place With a State university, 14 parks, a growing trails system and a vibrant arts and entertainment community, Pittsburg offers a livable, affordable and active lifestyle.

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TABLE OF CONTENTS Welcome

(4) Welcome Message • Photo Contest

Relax

(22)

Crispy

A salute to one of the

(6)

8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine!

Hotels • Motels • Off the Grid • Bed & Breakfast

Crawford County Fried Chicken.

Enjoy

(10) Unique Finds • History • Must-See Memorials

Taste

(16) Eats • Treats • Sips • Sweets

Party

(28) Watering Holes • Nightlife • Sports Bars

(19 & 29)

From Their Mouth, To Yours...

Map

(32) City of Pittsburg Aerial Map

Need the lowdown on local cuisine & nightlife ?

We have you covered via Yelp®!

Carpe’ Diem

(34) Signature Events • 2016-17 Calendar • Day Trips

Meet

(42) Meeting Facilities • Event Facilities • CVB Services

Create

(44) Fine Arts • Performing Arts • Music • Events

Learn

(50) Pittsburg State University • Academic Programs (54) Score Sports • Recreation • Events • Facilities

Explore

(58) Parks • Trails • Scenic Views • Outdoor Activites

Shop

(62) Shopping Districts • Local Goods • Unique Items

Featured Articles:

By: Andra Stefanoni

Carpe Diem (35)

Create (45) By: Andra Stefanoni

Bicknell Family Center for the Arts (48) By: Ron Womble

Plaster Center Gets National Attention (56)

By: Ron Womble

By: Andra Stefanoni

Explore (59)

Birds Eye View

Executive Director:

Contributing Photographers:

B.J. Harris

Larry Fleury

Tourism and Marketing Assistant:

Derek Prestholt, Prestholt Images

Scan the QR Codes whenever

Andrea McConnaughey

you see the “Birds Eye View”

Miranda Eastwood Produced and Published By: Pittcraft Printing 112 E. Rose Pittsburg, KS 66762 800.557.7471 www.pittcraft.com Creative Direction & Design: Jake Rudisill, Pittcraft Printing

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Harland J. Schuester Photography

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Welcome

First Place - “The Great Gorilla” | Larry Fleury

The Crawford County CVB Advisory Board and the Crawford County Commission, welcome you, your friends and family to our unique part of Kansas. During your visit to Crawford County we encourage you to get out and enjoy a variety of activities. Crawford County features great attractions, inspiring outdoor recreation, delicious dining options, superb shopping, an

Second Place - “New Friends” | Andra Bryan Stefanoni

eclectic arts and music scene, championship sports venues and so much more. It doesn’t matter if you’re looking for an affordable, relaxing weekend getaway, or a daytrip, a week’s worth of outdoor recreation or sports, or a destination that features a unique blend of history, heritage, art and culture, you’re bound to find it all right here in

Third Place & Online Winner - “Standing At Attention” | Eric Gudde

Crawford County, Kansas.

Administrative Office: 117 W. 4th Pittsburg, KS 66762 620.231.1212 | 800.879.1112 www.visitcrawfordcounty.com

This visitors guide is a publication of the

Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau and Pittcraft Printing. © 2016

Reproduction of this guide or of any of the photographs, maps, or illustrations contained in this guide, in whole or in part, without prior written permission from the copyright holders is strictly prohibited. For copyright information, contact the Crawford County CVB. The information listed in this guide has been carefully compiled to ensure accuracy at the time of publication. Information herein that was supplied by Crawford County businesses is subject to change without notice. The Crawford County CVB cannot, and does not, guarantee the accuracy of all information furnished and will not be responsible for omissions or errors. This visitors and tourism guide is provided as a service by the Crawford County Kansas Convention and Visitors Bureau. The publisher assumes no responsibility or liability for errors, changes or omissions in the guide. Responsibility for performance of services will be with the individual business. The Crawford County CVB shall have no liability for any claims or damages incurred prior to, during or following the conduct of any business listed in this guide, and the reader agrees to hold the department, its agents and employees harmless therefrom. Visitors should verify hours and admission policies with destinations.

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PHOTO

CONTEST

2016-17

In the fall of 2015, the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau conducted a contest to choose the next cover of our official

visitors guide. Photographers from across the region submitted hundreds of beautiful photos of our community. The top three photos

were selected by an independent panel of judges. The top 25 photos were also presented online for a people’s choice contest. You’ll find the winners below, along with their winning photo. Unfortunately, due to technical issues with the winning photograph, it was

unable to be used for the cover. In fairness to all contestants, we chose not use any of the submissions for this year’s cover. While

ultimately, these photographers’ photos were not used on the cover, this contest was still an excellent opportunity to showcase the talent of our community and to forever capture beautiful Crawford County, Kansas!

Third Place

Online Winner

Second Place

First Place

“The Great Gorilla” - Larry Fleury

“New Friends” - Andra Bryan Stefanoni

“Standing At Attention” - Eric Gudde

Larry Fleury has lived in Pittsburg, Kansas

Andra Bryan Stefanoni has lived in

music, travel, brunch, and photography.

here from Kansas City at 3 months old.

Eric Gudde is a Technology Education

most of his life with a love of the outdoors, Fleury is proud to call Pittsburg home and is often seen around the university taking photos or jogging around the trails near

the campus. Don’t be afraid to say hello if you see him “In The Jungle”. When asked

about living in Crawford County, Fleury said, “It has given me so many opportunities to grow, whether that’s personal growth or

connecting to the community as a whole.

The area has so much to offer, from a vibrant nightlife, an active university, and plenty of history to dive into and bring back to life.

As a photographer, I like to spend my free

time searching for all the beauty Crawford

County has to offer, and so far, I’m not even

close to capturing it all. It’s an aesthetically beautiful place where you’ll always find

Pittsburg since 1970 when she moved

Her parents, who graduated from PSU,

wanted to raise a family in a community

with a small-town feel but with plenty of

cultural and recreational amenities. Today, Andra and her husband, Brad, a native of

nearby Frontenac, have chosen to remain

in Crawford County to raise their two sons. When asked what she and her family love most about Crawford County, Stefanoni

said, “We actively enjoy all the area has to

offer, from camping at Crawford State Park

to hunting and kayaking at the Mined Land Area to participating in many of the area’s

fine and performing arts. We also love fried

Teacher at Frontenac High School. He teaches a wide range of technology ranging from wood technology,

engineering, graphics, to screen printing. Eric has lived in the area most of his

life. When asked about his connection to Crawford County, Gudde stated, “Settling

down and raising two little girls has made this county even more important. I feel

that I am called to live here, in Crawford County because of the small town

atmosphere with a big town feel. It is a

part of me and hopefully I can be a little part of it.”

chicken — just don’t ask us to pick the best!”

something new.”

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RELAX Hotels • Motels • Off the Grid • Bed & Breakfast

The Scoop Explore area historical sites, cheer on the Gorillas, compete in a championship caliber tournament or close a big business deal, then rest easy in Crawford County. Experience our hometown hospitality from check-in to checkout. The convenience of some of the nation’s top brands, the affordability of local and regional brands and the friendliness of the area’s best bed and breakfast, allow you to find the rest and relaxation you’re seeking in Crawford County. Sponsored By:

4020 Parkview Dr, Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.lamplighterpittsburg.com | 620-231-8700


2701 North Broadway | Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-1350 | www.holidaylodgepitt.com

4020 Parkview Drive | Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-8700 | (620) 230-0154, fax | www.lamplighterpittsburg .com

WIRELESS INTERNET

IN-ROOM INTERNET

PETS ALLOWED

4011 Parkview Drive | Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-1177 | (620) 231-1188, fax | www.hiexpress.com

FITNESS FACILITY

OUTDOOR POOL

INDOOR POOL

BREAKFAST INCLUDED

4009 Parkview Drive | Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-8800 | (620) 230-0811 (fax) www.comfortinn.com/hotel-pittsburg-kansas-ks067

HOTELS & MOTELS:

MEETING FACILITIES

ACCESSIBLE

LODGING GUIDE:

Comfort Inn & Suites

Holiday Inn Express & Suites

Holiday Lodge

Lamplighter Inn & Suites

La Quinta Inn & Suites (Opening Fall 2016!) 2410 S Broadway | Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 231-8300 | www.lq.com

Regency Inn & Suites

4023 Parkview Drive | Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-2800 | regencyinnpittsburg@gmail.com | www.regencyinnpittsburg.com

Super 8

3108 North Broadway | Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-1881 | (800) 800-8000 | (620) 232-1881 (fax) | www.super8.com

BED & BREAKFAST: Himmel House Bed & Breakfast

402 West Euclid | Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-9497 | info@himmelhouse.com | www.himmelhouse.com

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RELAX Alternative Lodging

Off The Grid

Crawford State Park Cabins

If you’re looking for an alternative to

traditional hotel lodging, then try the cabins at Crawford State Park. These

New Deluxe Cabins overlook the natural beauty of the 500-acre park. All of the

cabins offer full kitchens complete with

stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots and

pans, dish ware, and utensils. The cabins

also offer toasters and coffee makers with filters. The cabins are air conditioned and

heated and have bathrooms with showers. The SHADY REST offers three full-size

beds, two twin beds, and a bunk bed. The NORTH WIND, MORNING GLORY, and

THE LANDING offer one bedroom with a

full-size bed and a futon. The front rooms offer a twin-size murphy bed and a sofa. All cabins offer a grill, fire ring, and a

picnic table. The cabins are ADA accessible and open year around. Vehicle permits are required for the Crawford State Park. For more information, check the website or contact the Crawford State Park Office.

Shady Rest Cabin Shady Rest is a modern cabin, with central air-conditioning/heating and is located on the west side of the lake. It has a beautiful view and offers a year-round alternative to the camping experience. For those people who enjoy the outdoors but don’t want to, or can’t, “rough it,” the cabin is the answer. The cabin features easy access to the lake’s fishing, boating, and water-skiing opportunities, by way of a brick walkway down to a large dock.

North Wind The North Wind was the first of three new cabins placed on Evening Breeze Point. For outdoor enjoyment there is a fire ring, cooker/smoker, and picnic table on the patio which is a stone’s throw from the waterfront. A public use dock is available only a short walk from the cabin for cabin renter’s convenience.

Morning Glory The Morning Glory cabin offers a spectacular view off the front porch which is a stone’s throw from the lake. The kitchen is complete with stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots and pans, dishware, a toaster and a coffee maker with filters. It is air conditioned and heated for year round comfort. The restroom is large and has a large walkin w/c accessible shower. This cabin will hold up to five adults. It has one bedroom with a full-size bed and a sofa.

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The Landing The Landing has a wonderful view of the lake off the front porch and the patio has steps that go down to the waterfront. The Landing offers a kitchen complete with stove, refrigerator, microwave, pots and pans, dishware, utensils, a toaster and a coffee maker with filters. There is a breakfast bar that seats 4-5. The ceilings are vaulted with ceiling fans in the kitchen/living area and in the bedroom. This cabin will hold up to five adults. There is one bedroom with a full-size bed and a sofa. The kitchen/living area offers a twin-size murphy bed and a futon. To learn more or to book your cabin at Crawford State Park go to www.visitcrawfordcounty.com/cabins


STAY & PLAY

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ENJOY Unique Finds • History • Must-See Memorials

The Scoop Once the coal mining capital of the world, hard-working immigrants from around the globe chose to make Crawford County their home. Today we are blessed with great foods, colorful festivals, lively music and monuments that reflect our heritage. Our mining history and the history of generations is on display throughout the area. Enjoy uniquely crafted memorials, museums, and galleries or taste our history with a stop at one of our delicious food attractions. Spend the day remembering or making memories in Crawford County. Sponsored By:

1909 S. Rouse Pittsburg, Kansas www.psuvetmemorial.org | 620-235-4762


ENJOY Historical Attractions Big Brutus 6509 NW 60th Street West Mineral, Kansas 66782 (620) 827-6177 www.bigbrutus.org

Hotel Stilwell 707 North Broadway Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-1907 www.hotelstilwellkansas.org

McCune Osage Township Library & Museum 509 Sixth Street McCune, Kansas 66753 (620) 632-4112 mccune.mykansaslibrary.org

Many historical figures have given speeches from the balcony of the Hotel Stillwell, including William Jennings Bryan, Theodore Roosevelt and Susan B. Anthony! In 1919, the Hotel Stilwell served as a temporary capital of Kansas when Governor Henry J. Allen came to Pittsburg during a violent coal dispute. In his offices at the Stilwell, the Governor drafted the Court of Industrial Relations Law which captured the eyes of the nation.

Carona Depot & Railroad Museum 6769 Northwest 20th Scammon, Kansas 66773 (620) 396-8594 www.heartlandstrainclub.org

Cato Historical School House 592 East 725th Ave Arcadia, Kansas 66711 (620) 232-6944 www.catoschool.com

Civilian Conservation Corps Memorial Trail Crawford State Park No. 1 Lake Road Farlington, Kansas 66734 (620) 362-3671

Miners’ Memorial & Immigrant Park Second and Walnut Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 www.minersmemorial.org

Birds Eye View

St. Aloysius Church National Historical Site 947 West 47 Highway Girard, Kansas 66743 (620) 724-6281 www.greenbush.org

Mining History An estimated 10,000+ coal miners worked in the Weir-Pittsburg Coal Fields.

Crawford County Historical Museum- Pittsburg 651 South Highway 69 Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-1440

The Miners Hall Museum 701 South Broadway Franklin, Kansas 66735 (620) 347-4220 www.minershallmuseum.com

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ENJOY Military Military Attractions Attractions

Pittsburg State University Veterans Memorial Amphitheater 1909 South Rouse Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 235-4762 www.psuvetmemorial.org

Since it was dedicated on Memorial Day in 2004, more than 100,000 visitors have walked through the impressive tribute to all veterans. __________________________

Girard Veterans Memorial & Big Flag 144 East Highway 47 Girard, Kansas 66743 (620) 724-9285

Dedicated May 4, 1991, the Girard Veterans Memorial and Big Flag is located east of the George C. Brown American Legion Post 26 outside of Girard.

Memorial To Kansas Vietnam Veterans 111 East Forest Girard, Kansas 66743 (620) 724-6351, (620) 724-6578

This memorial includes a granite wall inscribed with the names of all 777 Kansans who lost their lives in Vietnam, a UH-1H Huey Helicopter and flags of the five branches of military, a POW-MIA flag, Kansas flag and an American Flag. __________________________

Arma Veterans Memorial

Corner of Washington and 5th Street Arma, Kansas 66712 www.armakansas.org/veteransmemorial/ veteransmemorial.html

This memorial was constructed and completed shortly after World War II. The names on the memorial represent local veterans who have served our country during war. The memorial includes flags from the five branches of military and the American flag.

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In Honor The PSU Veterans memorial features a one-half sized replica of the permanent memorial wall in Washington D.C.


ENJOY Family Friendly Attractions

Four Oaks Driving Range & Miniature Golf * Located inside Lincoln Park 910 Memorial Drive Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-8070

Holiday Lanes 2406 North Broadway Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-2222 www.holidaylanesbowling.com

Lowe’s Skateway 2719 North Joplin Street Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-5688

Pittsburg 8 Cinema 202 East Centennial Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 232-2256 Check listings for show times.

Kiddie Land * Lincoln Park Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 235-0382 www.facebook.com/kiddieland.park

Pittsburg Aquatic Center * 708 W. 9th St. Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 232-3483 * Denotes seasonal, please check hours before making plans.

Hickory Creek Farms * 426 South 30th St McCune, Kansas 66753 (620) 632-4294 www.hickorycreekfarms.com szimmerman@ckt.net

Wood Farms * 1122 South 200th Street Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 249-5223 woodfarmpumpkinpatch@wtcusa.net

Educational Getaways! William L. Abernathy Science Education Center 947 West 47 Highway Girard, Kansas 66743 (620) 724-6281 www.greenbush.org

Crawford State Park Beach & Playground No. 1 Lake Road Farlington, Kansas 66734 (620) 362-3671

Pittsburg Public Library 308 North Walnut (620) 231-8110 www.pponline.org

Monday-Thursday 9 a.m.- 8 p.m. Friday-Saturday 9 a.m.- 5 p.m. Sunday 1 p.m.- 5 p.m.

Girard Public Library

128 West Prairie Ave. Girard, KS 66743 (620) 724-4317 www.girardpubliclibrary.net

Monday 9:30 a.m.- 7 p.m. Tuesday-Thursday 9:30 a.m.- 6 p.m. Friday 9:30 a.m.- 5 p.m. Saturday 9:30 a.m.- 3 p.m.

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ENJOY Delicious Attractions

Frontenac Bakery 211 North Crawford Frontenac, Kansas 66763 (620) 231-7980

Pittsburg Area Farmers Market

Signet Coffee Roasters

11th and Broadway | 119 E. 11th St. Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 April - October Wednesday, 3:30 p.m. until sold out, Saturday, 7:30 a.m. until sold out.

206 S Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 308-5326

Freshly Baked Italian Breads hot out of the oven! Dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls and Girard Area Farmers Market more! May to October, Saturday mornings at the __________________________

Chicken-n-Pickin Duling Family Dinner Theater 16635 Victory Road Walnut, Kansas 66780 (620) 354-6483 www.chicken-n-pickinranch.com

Family dinner theater, serving up home cooked pan fried chicken and entertainment.

Butter Please! The Frontenac Bakery is a 100+

Producers Coop Farm Store, 300 E St John

The freshest produce in the county! All locally grown produce, preserves, hand made arts, crafts and more! __________________________

Circle’s Pecans & Country Store 2499 U.S. Highway 400 McCune, KS 66753 (620) 632-4382 Hours may vary with seasons. Please Call. www.circlespecans.com

A coffee lover’s must visit! Locally roasted and freshly brewed coffee using beans from around the globe. Grab a cup or buy a pound, once you’ve had freshly roasted coffee, you won’t consider buying anything else!

__________________________

Pallucca & Sons

207 East McKay Frontenac, KS 66763 (620) 231-7700

A Century Later

In 1912, Attilio Pallucca, an immigrant from San Pellegrino, Rome, opened this Italian shop in Frontenac.

Grab a taste of Kansas! Serving a number Italian style grocery and deli, slicing up of Kansas made products, and tasty fresh deli meats and cheeses, as well pecans in a number of styles. as serving its well known Italian sausage and pastas!

year old Bakery, whipping up freshly baked Italian bread, dinner rolls, cinnamon rolls, and more!

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1912 N Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762

(620) 231-7700

(620) 231-5770

207 East McKay Frontenac, KS 66763

Sitting on a three-acre site in southeast Kansas, the PSU Veterans Memorial Amphitheater is an impressive tribute to all veterans. Open 24 hours a day, year round. No admission fee. 1909 S. Rouse Pittsburg, Kansas

Photos and information available at www.psuvetmemorial.org

entry rampart with seals of the five military branches

half-scale version of the Vietnam Memorial Wall

reflecting pool 250-seat amphitheater patriotic bronze sculptures

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Walk of Honor plazas with engraved memorial pavers

dramatic lighting at night Kansas Medal of Honor Plaque

Visit the website or call 620-235-4762 for a list of ceremonies or special events.

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handicapped accessible no on-site restroom facilities

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TASTE Eats • Treats • Sips • Sweets

The Scoop Established by immigrants from around the world, dining in Crawford County is as eclectic as the settlers of this land. Many of our eateries offer flavors derived from our immigrant heritage and all of our restaurants reflect the friendliness and commitment to excellence our ancestors brought to Southeast Kansas. Whether you’re looking for a thick juicy steak, a home-style breakfast, a taste of nations, a light salad or a plate of delicious fried chicken, just pull your chair up to the table and get yourself a taste of Crawford County. Sponsored By:

4001 Parkview Dr. Pittsburg, Kansas www.coltonssteakhouse.com | 620-308-5552


From Their Mouth, To Yours... Need the lowdown on local cuisine? We have you covered via Yelp®! These staples are a must taste on any visit to Crawford County.

Breakfast Bob’s Grill This must taste local grill has been serving

delicious home cooked style meals dating

back to the early 1930’s! A sure taste-bud pleaser for breakfast, lunch, or dinner.

Martin K. | Topeka, KS

“This place has ruined my meals for the area since the 1940’s. Offering a unique the rest of the week it was sooooo set up with the grill out front allows good. One of those perfect places that customers a rare opportunity to visit the cook time hasn’t changed too much and the and see their food being prepared. food shows it. Awesome cinnamon rolls in the morning, bread is huge and buttery goodness and don’t even get me started on the cherry pie. A REAL pie joint. I only wish I had more time Allan B. | Lakewood, WA there, as I saw the open-face roast beef sandwich land on someone else’s table “I remember when I first bit into one of and I am still dreaming of it. I Will Be Bob’s burgers, fresh off the hot plate Back! Thanks to the great waitress that and dripping with cheese. Suddenly my world was filled with the sound of singing kept my coffee cup full all morning!” birds, spring breezes, and I saw in color _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ for the first time. I reached the pinnacle of existence when I shoved the first fork- Otto’s Cafe full of breakfast skillet into my watering Family owned and operated next to the mouth, and by the time I finished eating, historic Hotel Stilwell in downtown my life had no further purpose. I was Pittsburg for over 70 years, Otto’s Cafe forever changed, and born anew with each subsequent visit to this great plains serves up a variety of traditional breakfast oasis. This place is a temple disguised favorites along with a full lunch menu. as a hipsters paradise, with a 160 degree altar to the gods of umami. Seek Lesley K. | North Las Vegas, NV no more, pilgrim, for Valhalla is here.” “Good food, great service, everything ____________________________ you would want in a small town cafe ...we will be back!” Harry’s Cafe

Lunch The Mall Deli A staple for decades; a cost effective deli

serving up your favorite sandwiches, soups,

and bagles, along with their signature creamy italian dressing!

Joshua S. | Wichita, KS

“ This is by far the best deli I’ve ever been to. The only thing more surprising than how good the food tastes is how low the prices are. A sandwich and chips with their amazing homemade... creamy Italian is under $5. So far I’ve tried all of the sandwiches except for the Combo (the only one that costs $8), and they’ve all been great. My favorite is the Reuben.”

wORLD Famous!

Crawford county features six world famous chicken restaurants! Learn more about these delicious fry houses on page 22.

Located in the heart of Downtown Pittsburg Harry’s Cafe has a reputation for serving some of the best cinnamon rolls & pie in

Southeast Kansas along with a variety of

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Jo’s Gyro’s Crawford County’s only authentic Greek style

restaurant! A newer fixture in the community, with a taste that lasts. Gyro’s, Shawarma,

Falafel, Hummus, and more. A must taste for those who like the ethnic cuisine scene!

Johnny L. | Joplin, MO:

“This has become my go-to restaurant whenever I’m in Pittsburg...I have yet to find a Greek restaurant in this area that comes close to the quality of the food here. Everything is made from scratch, and they usually have an item or two that will only be available for a week or so, like lentil soup or baklava. Most meals include fries and a drink for around $7, but for a little more you can get a different side like pita and freshmade hummus or stuffed grape leaves, both of which are worth the extra money. Bringing someone who doesn’t like Greek? They do burgers, too.”

grown from a small two table carry-out only joint, into a downtown dine-in restaurant offering delivery!

“Delicious food, good service! I enjoyed it a lot!” ____________________________

Lotus Express

Express style Asian takeout.

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Smokey Rack’s BBQ

Who says Kansas City’s the only place to get

F W. | San Francisco, CA:

James R. | Evanston, IL:

“Definitely the best Chinese food in Pittsburg. If your plan is the drive thru you will definitely wait awhile but if you go inside service is normally fairly speedy. I have not had anything I didn’t like from here. Their pot stickers are amazing, and the meal deals are unbelievably cheap. I have eaten Chinese in lots of places and Lotus is what I always crave.” ____________________________

Supermercado Yoselin

good BBQ in Kansas? This hidden gem serves

A family-owned Mexican grocery store and

Don’t forget to try one of their famous Loaded

up a variety of smoked goodness daily. Psst... Spuds!

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Bambo0

Serving up Springfield Style Cashew chicken since 1985! This Asian style fixture has

mini restaurant.

John R. | Marco Island, FL:

“Great authentic Mexican cuisine, in Pittsburg KS! Beware, if you enjoy TexMex style this is not the place for you. Yosleins is truly authentic, featuring favorites such as tortas, sopes, and menudo, in addition to the traditional enchiladas and tacos. Don’t let the fact

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the restaurant is located in a “grocery store” deter you from trying this hidden gem. The food is only rivaled by the exceptional service!” ____________________________

Gusano’s

A sports bar pizzeria offering handmade

from scratch Chicago-style pizza, along with a variety of sandwiches, salads, and appetizers!

O’Hara K. | Cheyenne, WY:

“Excellent lunch buffet! Good salad bar. Quick service and Chicago style pizza. Would recommend!” ____________________________

Dinner

Jim’s Steakhouse A cut above the rest! Offering your favorites steak-house style dishes for over 70 years! Hand cut Sirloin tips, scratch made onion rings, loaded baked potatoes, and locally baked bread that can’t be beat!

Daniel L. | Fort Smith, AR:

“... I eat at Jim’s every chance I get. It’s a local secret that a local friend turned me on to. I’ve eaten $100+ steaks in Vegas and nothing is as good. Hands down the best steaks anywhere. They are aged steaks that will rock your taste buds. The sirloin tips are always cooked perfect with perfect flavor and oh so tender. The fillet and cheese burger are excellent too if you’re in the mood for those but the tips are my favorite. The onion ring appetizer


Sips, Sweets, & Treats

To Your Door! Many of the local restaurants offer delivery and catering services! Don’t forget to ask.

A drive up style, outdoor seating diner

offering grilled favorites, along with their signature malts to wash it all down!

is always awesome. I can’t believe that this place isn’t 5 star.” ____________________________

Napoli’s

Authentic home-made Italian cuisine served fresh, piping hot, and full of flavor!

Tim N. | Wichita, KS:

“Food and service was great! Really surprised to find a REAL Italian food restaurant in SE Kansas.” ____________________________

El Caballo de Oro

Authentic style Mexican cuisine!

Need Name and Location:

“I cannot recommend this place highly enough. We’re in town with 11 people from IL and this is the BEST restaurant. Friendly staff, simple and welcoming decor, and most importantly the food is FANTASTIC. Large portions, low price, and just outstanding flavor and quality. The best guac I’ve gotten in a restaurant.”

Full Dining Guide:

Dari Castle

Scott R. | Albuquerque, NM :

“Dari Castle is just an Arma tradition. Freshly cooked burgers, malts, and the home-made chili can’t be beat!” ____________________________

Root Coffee House

A rookie in the line-up, this locally owned

coffee house features signature coffee drinks utilizing locally roasted beans! Take a study break, watch a musical performance, or

purchase some locally crafted goods all in one place!

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Signet Coffee Roasters

A smell that draws you in! This local business roasts coffee from around the world right

here in Crawford County! Don’t forget to grab

a hand crafted drink or dessert on your visit...

Cabe H. | The Loop, Chicago, IL:

“Wonderful locally roasted coffee and great service! What more could you ask for. I head here every time I am in town.” ____________________________

Sweet Designs Cakery

An artistic style bakery creating one of a kind classic and contemporary sweets, treats, & cakes!

Breanna S. | Kansas City, MO:

“I ordered a special cake for my 21st birthday. It was a Grateful Dead themed tie dye cake. Sweet Designs designed the exact cake that I had imagined for my 21st birthday party. The cake was a big hit at my party. I’ve also tried their cupcakes before and they are really delicious too.”

Asian & Thai Bamboo

808 N Broadway St • Pittsburg (620) 231-4226

Oriental Star

2711 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 330-9928

Lotus Express (2)

126 E. Forest Ave. • Girard (620) 724-8424

412 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-2822

Typhoon Authentic Thai Cuisine 1014 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9900

Yummy Buffet

Pittsburg Town Center 101 • Pittsburg (620) 308-6699

Bar & Grill

5th Street Bar and Grill 111 West Fifth Street • Pittsburg (620) 232-2446

Applebee’s

2802 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-3331

Bob’s Grill

1014 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9738

Buffalo Wild Wings

101 W. 29th St. Suite A • Pittsburg (620) 232-5737

The Brickyard Grill

516 N. Broadwday • Pittsburg (620) 702-5418

Chili’s

2911 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9933

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TASTE Dining Guide

Chicken Mary’s

The Twisted Pretzel Factory

Continued from pg. 21

1133 East 600th • Pittsburg (620) 231-9510

Cooky’s Diner

202 E. Centennial Drive • Pittsburg (620) 210-1400

111 West Magnolia • Cherokee (620) 457-9650

401 North 69 Highway • Arma (620) 347-4778

124 North 260th Road • Mulberry (620) 764-3451

Arby’s Roast Beef

Dalton’s Back 9 Bar and Grill 205 East Hwy 47 • Girard (620) 724-6000

Dari Castle

313 North West Street • Arma (620) 347-4141

McCarthy’s Pub

221 East Third Street • Pittsburg (620) 231-1344

Newbies Bar and Grill 411 5th St. • McCune (620) 632-4900

Pickled Pete’s Bar and Grill 303 East McKay • Frontenac (620) 231-3391

Varsity Sports Bar and Grill 311 E. McKay St. • Frontenac (620) 232-9711

Gebhardt’s Chicken Dinners

Harry’s Café

412 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-2125

Hiway Inn

600 West St. John • Girard (620) 724-8449

Idle-A-While

201 South Vine • Cherokee (620) 457-8778

Kentucky Fried Chicken 921 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9190

McCune Family Kitchen

Rib Crib

620 Main St. • McCune (620) 632-4122

2090 N. Broadway St. • Pittsburg (620) 308-6020

711 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-6110

BBQ

Smokey Racks BBQ

1002 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-7675

Comfort Food Barto’s Idle Hour

210 South Santa Fe • Frontenac (620) 232-9834

Becky’s Café

4060 Parkview Dr. • Frontenac (620) 308-5394

Chicken Annie’s Girard

498 East Highway 47 • Girard (620) 724-4090

Otto’s Café

Deli, Salad, Misc. Buck’s One Stop

307 West St. John • Girard (620) 724-7400

Crestwood Country Club

Weege’s

Fast Food

2715 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-9333 515 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-5511

Freddy’s Frozen Custard

1314 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6508

Hardee’s

1015 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6860

Long John Silver’s

3014 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-2090

McDonald’s (2)

3008 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-0560 1125 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-1925

Sonic Drive-In (2)

208 West St. John • Girard (620) 724-6010

2307 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-5070

Jimmy Johns

Chicken Annie’s Original

1106 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6700

3015 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-4222

1143 East 600th • Pittsburg (620) 231-9460

Chicken Annie’s Pichler’s

220 North Summit • Girard (620) 724-6386

1115 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9170

1271 South 220th Street • Pittsburg (620) 232-9260

201 East Centennial • Pittsburg (620) 231-7590

2610 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-2129

The Mall Deli

Jo’s Gyros 1618 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6332

Itallian Napoli’s

1301 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9494

Pallucca’s

207 East McKay • Frontenac

Braum’s Ice Cream and Dairy Store (620) 231-7700

304 West Crestview Avenue • Pittsburg Subway (3) (620) 231-9697 205 West St. John • Girard Einstein Brothers Bagels (620) 724-8080 302 E. Cleveland Ave. • Pittsburg (620) 235-4995 1103 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-4488

Pumpin’ Pete’s Deli

Greek

Taco Bell

Mexican Café del Rio

202 East Centennial • Pittsburg (620) 232-5895

El Caballo De Oro (2)

302 West St. John • Girard (620) 724-4060

Restaurant 111 N. Pine • Pittsburg (620) 231-1881

El Charro

3102 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-5763

Guadalajara Mexican Grill 1620 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 404-5040

Tacqueria & Restaurant El Taco Express 908 E. 4th • Pittsburg (620) 232-9900

Yoselin

1610 S. Broadway Ste B • Pittsburg (620) 231-0099

Pizza

Casey’s General Store (3) 612 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-0564

2912 N Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-0778 434 W. 4th • Pittsburg (620) 235-0013

Domino’s

Wendy’s Old Fashion Hamburgers 716 S. Broadway • Pittsburg

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(620) 231-5555


Gusano’s

(Delivery/Carryout) 201 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-2220

Celebrations by Lori

Jazzman’s

200 E. Centennial • Pittsburg (620) 308-6020

602 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-5700

302 Cleveland • Pittsburg (620) 235-7777

101 North West • Arma (620) 347-8228

100 West St. John • Girard (620) 724-4563

1102 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-0570

802 N. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 687-1545

1601 East Fourth Street • Pittsburg (620) 235-0218

Colton’s

2204 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-0578

206 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-5326

313 North West Street • Arma (620) 347-4141

601 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-1601

302 E. Cleveland Ave. • Pittsburg (620) 235-4995

2828 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 230-0419 311 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-2253

Horton’s Pizza Express

Horton’s Pizza Plus

Mazzio’s Italian Eatery

818 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-3535

Opie’s Pizza

203 East St. John • Girard (620) 724-6743

The Mini-Stop

Steakhouse

4001 Parkview Drive • Pittsburg (620) 308-5552

Jim’s Steakhouse

1912 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-5770

Seafood

Daylight Donut Shop

Daylight Donut Shop

Dari Castle

Einstein Brothers Bagels

Papa John’s Pizza

Lake Crawford Marina Restaurant

1519 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-7272

2 Lake Road • Farlington (620) 362-4131

1314 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6508

102 East Quincy • Pittsburg (620) 231-8990

Candy Connection

211 North Crawford Street • Frontenac (620) 231-7980

Pizza Hut (2)

Sips, Sweets, & Treats 1310 S. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-2401

Freddy’s Frozen Custard

Frontenac Bakery LLC

Root Coffeehouse

Signet Coffee Roasters

Six-0-One Donut Shop

Starbucks

Sweet Designs Cakery

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CRISPY An 8th Wonder of Kansas Cuisine • Fried Chicken

The Scoop A trip to Crawford County wouldn’t be complete without grabbing a taste of what it has been known for since the early 1930s. FRIED CHICKEN. With a total of 6 locally owned and operated restaurants serving up these famous home cooked meals you can’t go wrong. After being featured on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars, as well as being named one of the 8 Wonders of Kansas Cuisine, there’s not much more that needs said to prove just how legendary this group of fry houses are! So if you’re looking for a taste of history and a touch of home cooking, there’s not a better place than one of these unique restaurants.


Go Crispy

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

When 5-year-old Ann Rehak boarded a

accommodate the diners — mostly miners

immigrate to America, she never could have

fare for just a few coins.

ship with her Hungarian parents in 1904 to foreseen that 110 years later, she’d start

something that’s now a legend in Southeast Kansas.

For more than 80 years, one of the area’s most popular restaurants has borne her

and their families looking for good, hearty “She started with sandwiches for 15

cents,” says Ann’s granddaughter, Donna.

“It was hard to buy beer back then during

for five others, and today, Crawford County

only eggs as liquid for the batter, not milk,

its fried chicken and sides. They’ve been featured in regional and national media,

and German coleslaw.

Wonders of Kansas Cuisine. Which one is best

and gas lights to help them see as they

Chicken Annie’s

Rehak and her family settled in a coal mining camp near present-day Chicopee, Kansas,

where she began attending school. But at age 13, Ann had to drop out to go to work to help support the family.

She landed a job working as domestic help for the Pichler family at the coal mining

settlement named Camp 13, also known

as Yale, Kansas. It was there that she met

Charles Pichler, whom she married on April 28, 1917.

The couple had four children; Wilma, Carl,

Louella, and an infant, Anna Irene, who died

chicken dinners.

and two side dishes: German potato salad

Wilma, Carl, and Louella helped. They had

depends on who you ask.

as a side dish with local

delicious fried chicken recipe, which uses

on the Travel Channel’s Food Wars, and collectively were named one of the 8

Italian heritage, is offered

cents, too.”

It wasn’t long before Ann developed her own

enjoys a reputation across the nation for

Spaghetti, a nod to the area’s

Prohibition, so she sold home brew for 15

name: Chicken Annie’s Original.

That restaurant helped lay the foundation

A Little Italy

no electricity, so they used kerosene lamps pan-fried the tasty chicken in lard on a coal

stove. At first, they could seat 50 customers. Soldiers stopped by for a meal before

shipping out to World War II. And they ate there again when they returned home on leave. One soldier, Louis Lipoglav, took a liking to the Pichlers’ daughter, Louella,

before he shipped out to Europe. Another visit for a plate of fried chicken, and they were both sweet on each other.

On the third visit, they married, and would

8th Wonder Crawford County has Six locally owned and operated fried chicken restaraunts. As a whole the group is labeled as one of the 8 wonders of Kansas Cuisine.

have two children: Lonnie and Donna. The

Pichlers’ son Carl, meanwhile, also married and had a son, Anthony.

in infancy. In 1933, Charles was injured badly

in the mines; he lost one leg, and another was mangled. Again, Ann was faced with going to work to support her family. And in 1934, the legend was born: Ann opened an eatery in their three-room home.

She cooked in their kitchen and moved furniture out of the living room to

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All in the family The restaurant became a true family business and soon outgrew the house; in 1973, it

opened in its current location just down the road. Today, Donna and Lonnie and his wife Janice manage Chicken Annie’s Original, while Anthony and his family manage

Pichler’s Chicken Annie’s south of Pittsburg. Also part of the family business is Chicken Annie’s of Girard, which came from the

Lipoglav family — Louis’ mother had once

the restaurant every day until his death in October 2015.

“We were the first fried chicken in the

county, so I think that makes us pretty

special,” he recalled last year. “We’ve always

had good food and friendly hospitality. After 80 years, it still tastes the same. We must be doing

something right.”

Chicken Mary’s

operated it as Sunflower Chicken.

Just like the Pichlers, the Zerngast family

Today, the three restaurants use the same

makes customers salivate to think about.

recipes and same processes that Ann used 80 years ago. And that’s why it’s been a success, customers say. The Scroggs family, of Lamar, Missouri, began driving to Chicken Annie’s

Original for fried chicken each week starting

in 1949. Among their fellow diners even back then were residents of Pittsburg, Kansas, Ft. Scott, Kansas, Nevada, Missouri, and Joplin. “Once you got in, you had a plate full of

chicken,” Lou Scroggs recalls. “It was always good, always good. Still is.”

Of the old guard, Charles died in 1978; his son Carl and her wife died later that year.

Ann died in 1991; her daughter Louella died

in 2008, and Wilma in 2011. Louis worked at

helped start a tradition of fried chicken that Joe Zerngast, a German immigrant, worked in the coal mines in Pittsburg. When ill

health forced him to quit, his wife, Mary, turned to cooking to support the family.

A Family Affair

She served customers at their kitchen table. Word spread, and the makeshift restaurant

Donna Zerngast, grandchild of the founder of Chicken Mary’s, married Anthony Pichler, the grandchild of their closest competitor, Chicken Annie’s. At the wedding reception they served chicken, of course.

outgrew their home.

In 1945, they purchased a mining camp

pool hall, moved it just west of where its

descendant, Chicken Mary’s stands today,

and named it Joe’s Place. With 10 tables and a potbelly stove, they began churning out fried chicken meals to diners who drove from near and far. They recruited their

Zig and his wife, Tootie, carried on the

weekends.

eventually joined by their son, Larry, and

children, Zig and Mickey, to help on the

business, building today’s restaurant in 1966, his wife, Karen. Today, the Zerngast recipes endure.

Gebhardt’s Gebhardt’s also has its roots in the 1940s,

when Ted Gebhardt, a WWII vet, married his

sweetheart, Maycle, and took over the family farm and a nearby bar in rural Crawford County near Mulberry.

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CRISPY The couple transformed it as a fried chicken

Crawford County native Jamie Ortolani,

and Gebhart’s was born.

himself an expert connoisseur. If pressed,

restaurant with the help of family members, Today, their daughter, Meg, runs the place,

and still draws in a crowd from miles around for their signature flavor.

Like the others, Gebhardt’s offers a unique

batter recipe, as well as the traditional sides diners in Crawford County have come to

who grew up eating fried chicken, considers he’ll share his leanings as to exactly which one he enjoys most, but he, like everyone else who lives in Crawford County,

appreciates elements of each. “As far as the six chicken houses go, I love them all,” he says. “How can you not?”

expect: German Slaw, German Potato Salad, conscious also appreciate the option to order something unique the Gebhardt’s introduced to their menu of offerings: Skinless fried chicken.

Barto’s Frontenac native Angie Troutman, whose great-grandfather settled here to work

Food Fight

Two of the legendary locally owned chicken houses were featured on an episode of The Travel Channel’s Food Wars.

chicken. Usually, her family orders Barto’s

— it’s just a few blocks from their home, so

as the brainchild of Ray Barto, who wanted

to provide local entertainment on Friday and Saturday nights. In 1965, he opened a fried

chicken restaurant right next door. It became

a place for descendants of immigrants from a variety of cultures to enjoy music, food, and social time.

Still today, on weekends, couples dance

498 E. K-47 Girard, KS 66743 (620) 724-4090

Chicken Annie’s Pichler’s 1271 S. 220th Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-9260

Barto’s Idle Hour

Gebhardt’s Chicken Dinners

is the quickest to get to when they develop a Barto’s Idol Hour opened in the early 1950’s

1143 E. 600th Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 231-9460

210 S. Santa Fe Frontenac, KS 66763 (620) 232-9834

the coal mines, has grown up eating fried

craving for fried chicken.

Chicken Annie’s Original

Chicken Annie’s Girard

baked or fried potatoes and bread from the Frontenac Bakery. Diners who are health

Go Ahead, Treat Your Tastebuds!

No Loafing! Bread baked daily at the Frontenac bakery has been served for decades at each of the Southeast Kansas chicken restaurants. Some go through

124 N. 260th Road Mulberry, KS 66756 (620) 764-3451

Chicken Mary’s

1133 E. 600th Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 231-9510

an estimated 150 loaves per week!

around the floor as polka music plays — a part of the area’s culture and heritage.

Troutman, now 38, says it still tastes the

same as when she was a kid. “I love the onion rings, the side dishes — all of it,” she says. “It’s such a tradition for our family. I can’t imagine Southeast Kansas without it.” All of them

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TASTE Calvin’s Catering 106 Huntington Circle Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 232-7543 | (620) 249-0490 www.calvinscatering.com

Catering Guide

Pallucca’s

207 East McKay Frontenac, Kansas (620) 231-7700

Ron’s Supermarket 310 e. Centennial Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-7920

Sodexo Campus Services 1701 South Broadway Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 235-4995 www.gorilladining.com catering@pittstate.edu

Ultimate Choice Catering 404 East 25th Street Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-0008 | (620) 249-9858 www.ultimatechoicecatering.com

(620) 687-1545

rootcoffehouse@gmail.com 802 N. Broadway • Pittsburg, KS 66762

City of Frontenac

City of Frontenac

City of Frontenac Frontenac City Hall 313 E. McKay Frontenac, Kansas 66763 (620)231-9210

frontenacks.net

Frontenac City Hall 313 E. McKay Frontenac, Kansas 66763 (620)231-9210

Frontenac City Hall

frontenacks.net 313 E. McKay Frontenac, Kansas 66763 (620)231-9210

frontenacks.net

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PARTY Watering Holes • Nightlife • Sports Bars

The Scoop

Relive those college glory days or

kick back and relax after a long day. Crawford County features the type of late night atmosphere usually

reserved for big cities, only ours features small-town hospitality,

delicious drinks and affordability. Watch the big game, enjoy the best live music scene in the region, kick off date night or grab dinner and

drinks all in one. When you visit us,

be sure to step out on the town and enjoy Crawford County.


5th Street Bar and Grill

The Brickyard Grill

111 West Fifth Street • Pittsburg (620) 232-2446

Tommy S. | Seattle, WA

“Great bar in a small college town. Head here for taco tuesdays and don’t forget to check out the upstairs. Usually pretty busy and energetic with the college kids. Come to have some fun.” ____________________________

Bubba’s Three Eleven Club 313 East Seventh • Pittsburg (620) 232-5622

From Their Mouth, To Yours... Need the lowdown on local nighlife? We have you covered via Yelp®! These joints are a must stop on any visit to Crawford County.

Watering Holes 505

505 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 235-0505

Erica P. | Chesterfield, MO

“311 is a great bar for small town Pittsburg, Kansas! It is a fun place to go grab a drink after a long days work or for a Saturday out on the town! They show great support for the teams up the road at Pittsburg State University as well. It is like the Cheers of Kansas...somewhere you can go where everyone knows your name!! Their drink prices are super affordable and the service is great! If you live there, go to college there, or are simply just visiting I would recommend dropping by for a tall boy!”

Maggie J. | Berkeley, CA

“Excellent atmosphere and friendly staff. The business offers live bands, pool tables, and great service. I was most impressed how this and the neighboring business...put the customer first. Overall, the entire block is worth a visit.” ____________________________

Faces Saloon

202 North Locust • Pittsburg (620) 308-5155

Ryan A. | Joplin, MO

“By far the cleanest bar in Pitt! Friendly staff/owners... Karaoke Saturday nights. Great jukebox (25¢ per credit). All said pretty darn cool place! Names for the faces on the outside of the building- Have them tell you the history!”

Bootlegging

The mining regions of southeast Kansas became famous for the

Breanna S. | Kansas City, MO

bootlegged liquor they sent to

“505 is my #1 favorite bar. I would go to 505 over any bar in Westport, Power and Light, and Waldo (KC). 505 has the best drink specials during happy hour...On Thursdays 505 puts on a karaoke show and 505 gets packed. 505 also has a nice outdoor area to sit at when it’s nice out.”

other parts of the country

516 N. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 702-5418

during Prohibition.

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McCarthy’s Pub

Idle-A-While

TJ Lelands

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221 East Third Street • Pittsburg (620) 231-1344

Project Highway Comedy |Manhattan, NY

“WHAT A GREAT PLACE!! ...The atsmophere is laid back and comfortable, it would take hours to read all of the signed dollar bills they have everywhere, and they have just really unique stuff all around to look at. Not being locals, we’re never sure how we’ll be received when going into a neighborhood bar, but we were warmly received, and the staff is just awesome.... Lots of old legends and lore about the place that makes it super-cool! I won’t spoil any of it by repeating, go there yourself and find out.”

201 South Vine • Cherokee (620) 457-8778

108 W. 6th St. • Pittsburg (620) 404-8065

Mooreman’s Private Club

“If you’re looking to relax and have a fun time in Pittsburg, you can’t go wrong with TJ Leland’s!The staff is very friendly, the atmosphere is comfortable, the drinks (and drink specials) are great, and the decor is very cool (with a nod to the history of Pittsburg). TJ’s has also done a wonderful job of bringing live music to downtown Pittsburg. Overall, a great place to hang out!”

1606 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9658

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Shotz

305 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6603

In Tune...

Some local dives offer a variety of live entertainment, including T.J.

____________________________

Leland’s whose support of local

Mooreman’s Southside

artists is on display every Friday

1608 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-5500

and Saturday night!

Lee A. | Shawnee, KS

“Beer is always cold and the help they have...is prob the best in town...full bar of top and bottom shelf and they will mix a good one up for you. When you get hungry all you have to do is order up one of their hand made sub sandwiches, all the meat and bread is made right around Pittsburg fresh all the time and piled high...great prices.” ____________________________

Pickled Pete’s Bar and Grill 303 East McKay • Frontenac (620) 231-3391

Jessilyn W. | Danbury, CT

Live Music & Entertainment Banjo’s

134 S. Hwy 69 • Pittsburg (620) 231-8442

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Barto’s Idle Hour

210 South Santa Fe • Frontenac (620) 232-9834

Bill R. | La Mesa, CA

“I’ve been going here for my entire life. Awesome fried chicken... In the last 30 years, I’ve mostly gotten the food to go. However, a visit inside will treat you to decor from the ‘50s and on Friday and Saturday night, you can go polka dancing.”

Hotel Bars Mulligan’s Pub

Lamplighter Inn • 4020 Parkview Dr. • Pittsburg (620) 231-8700

Everyday Favorites Applebee’s

2802 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 231-3331

Buffalo Wild Wings

101 W 29th St • Pittsburg (620) 232-5737

Chili’s

2911 North Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 232-9933


BYOB...

In need of bringing along your own spirits to a cook out? tailgate? or just back to the hotel? These local liquor stores offer easy access from wherever your stay may be.

Billiards & Sports Bars The Break

607 N. Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 308-6480

Tod S. | Cherokee, KS

This place is soooo much fun. Rob and Austie are just a few of the people that make ya feel like family! Tip well, they deserve it!

Gussanos

200 E. Centennial • Pittsburg (620) 308-6020

Ginger A. | Joplin, MO

”... We sat in the bar area at a high top table and had a great energetic young server. When I inquired about their beer selection he brought over a whole list with prices included. I enjoyed my Boulevard Wheat in a frosty cold mug... Anyway Gusano’s was great. We’ll return.” ____________________________

Shooters

311 East McKay • Frontenac (620) 232-9711

Castagno Retail Liquor 815 E Southern Blvd • Girard (620) 724-8228

Centennial Liquor

2401 S Rouse Ave • Pittsburg (620) 232-3700

Hometown Liquor

609 Main Street • McCune (620) 632-4114

Horton’s Retail Liquor 1312 E 4th St • Pittsburg (620) 232-5532

LaForge’s Retail Liquor Store 500 E. St. John • Girard (620) 724-8521

Pairott Head Liquor

1812 N Broadway St • Pittsburg (620) 231-2309

PD Liquors

5005 Parkview Dr • Pittsburg (620) 308-6973

Lucky’s Libations

301 E St John St • Girard (620) 724-4444

Pitt Discount Liquor LC 1001 S Broadway St • Pittsburg (620) 231-2626

Redd’s Retail Liquor

3202 N Broadway St • Pittsburg (620) 231-3510

Rust Town Liquor

404 E Washington St • Arma (620) 347-8686

Thirsty’s Retail Liquor

1612 S Broadway St • Pittsburg (620) 308-5534

West Fourth Liquor

914 W 4th St • Pittsburg (620) 231-2500

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CARPE DIEM Signature Events • 2016-17 Calendar • Day Trips

The Scoop Visitors traveling to Crawford County will discover a calendar full of community fairs, festivals and events. These family friendly events celebrate everything from the history, heritage, art and culture of the Little Balkans region, to Italian food and heritage, the oldest continuous V-J Parade and Celebration in the United States and the Largest Mud Volleyball Tournament held in Kansas. Crawford County features patriotic events, agriculture themed trade shows and exhibits, a plethora of sporting events and community celebrations in every town. Pick a weekend and head to Crawford County, there’s plenty to fill your day up! Sponsored By:

710 W 9th Street Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.pittks.org | 620-231-8310


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Store Manager Toni Taylor and Sales

Ask someone what would make a good day

finding just the right piece they’re seeking.

trip, and thoughts may stray to a ticketed

attraction that draws thousands of visitors. A zoo, perhaps. Or a botanical garden. You won’t find those in Crawford County.

But the charm of its small towns, the ease of

getting from place to place, a peaceful quality combined with the spirited energy and

welcoming nature of its residents, make it the most attractive day trip Kansas City resident Becky Hulla can think of.

Best yet, she says, is that each day trip she makes can be whatever she wants it to be. “It’s a different trip each time. There are

so many amenities here that make it a fun

getaway,” says Hulla, who several times a year, travels from Kansas City to Ft. Scott, where

she picks up her mother, then on to Pittsburg and sometimes surrounding towns, to spend the day.

They eat at their favorite restaurant: The

locally owned Mall Deli, a local institution

for decades. “We always try to find a way to

run there and get the signature French Dips,” Hulla says.

And they partake in their favorite form of evening entertainment: Shows.

“We love to see them — ‘Pittsburg Idol,’ ‘The Nutcracker,’ there’s always something,” she says.

In between, there are plenty of shopping

opportunities in quaint shops like Audacious

Associate Morgan Driskell assist shoppers in After hanging their finds in one of three

charming changing rooms, each make it a

point to check in with shoppers frequently

to see if they need to try a different size, or

perhaps a pair of leggings from their cabinet filled with a myriad of colors.

A friend, parent or spouse, meanwhile,

can wait in comfort in a quiet corner on an overstuffed couch.

“I think what draws people to our shop

from all over is they find it be an experience, rather than just buying a new shirt,” says Taylor. “They like to make a day of it.”

Taylor says many of her customers may first visit Root Coffeehouse just a block away, where owners Trent and Lindsey Kling

offer specialty hot and cold coffee and tea drinks, smoothies, and gourmet peanut

butter sandwiches, in a cozy, funky space

with locally drawn art for sale on the walls.

Or, day-trippers may stop in at Signet Coffee, where owners Leah and Dennis Posterik

roast their own beans and offer homemade pastries, as well.

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Crawford County has over 30

Then, they may visit a locally owned

restaurant like Jo’s Gyros, the only Greek-

Mediterranean restaurant for miles around,

or Napoli’s in downtown Pittsburg, the only Italian restaurant for miles around, then

top it off with specialty cupcakes at Sweet Designs Cakery. “People are seeking very local, personalized attention these days,

and that’s what coming here provide daytrippers,” she says.

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parks to explore, and excite those looking for a day of fun activities!

Boutique, which opened downtown last year

and has received a warm welcome from locals and visitors alike. The attractively decorated store is small so as not to overwhelm, and staff order just a few pieces of clothing in

each size so shoppers are guaranteed they won’t look like everyone else.

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History Local historian Alan Roberts, a volunteer

with the Franklin Miners Museum, says day trippers who are history buffs have noted when they stop by to see the exhibits that

there is plenty to capture their interest for a day in Crawford County.

An homage to the tens of thousands of miners of the Cherokee-Crawford coalfields, the

Miners Hall Museum was established in a tiny town founded by immigrant miners on the site of their union hall.

The site once played a central role in the

area’s mining history: The famed Amazon

Army march, reported in papers as far away

as New York, began there in December 1921. Destroyed in the May 4, 2003, tornado that also leveled one-third of the town’s homes and the post office, the community center

was rebuilt and repurposed as a museum, with carefully preserved and displayed

historical photos, mining tools, and other artifacts.

Each quarter, a new exhibit is installed

based on a theme of importance to Crawford County, and in conjunction with that theme, several programs are held that focus on

an ethnic heritage — programs like wine making, or Italian foods.

Downtown Pittsburg offers history buffs a

stroll through Immigrant Park, dedicated to

On the campus of Pittsburg State University,

While on campus, visitors can stretch their

offers individual day trippers and groups a

following the hike-bike path, which starts at

the Veterans Memorial & Amphitheater

beautiful place to reflect on personal history as well as that of our nation.

Carol Woolbright says it’s an important stop for the annual Leadership Kansas group

she helps direct on their visit to Crawford County.

“The usually gregarious group becomes very solemn at the memorial and they

miners’ names pays tribute to the area’s heritage.

under trees provide a place for quiet rest,

and meticulously landscaped garden beds

beautiful in all seasons. It also will pass by

several sculptures made by noted artists, like “Nightsong” between the Overman Student Center and Porter Hall.

students and community members,” Harper

memorial seems like sacred grounds. They sometimes share remembrances of family members who are or were veterans. It’s a time of quiet reflection on the sacrifices

that people have made to ensure enduring freedom in this country — a very moving experience.”

Sculpt It!

“Nightsong” on the campus of

surrounded by granite slabs inscribed with

the scenic University Lake, where benches

says. “I think the classes would agree the

thoughts for the duration of the visit,” she

Hotel were located.

pictorially, and a large statue of a miner

the heart of the campus. The path will pass

“I like it because it’s beautiful, well-kept,

There are several sculptures

A mural in the park captures that time

the edge of the Memorial on Rouse, west to

either whisper or remain within their own

the immigrants who settled here and built

where the old Frisco Train Depot and Europe

legs a bit beyond the Veterans Memorial by

made by noted artists, like Pittsburg State University

and those who use it are always friendly

says of taking time for a walking tour. “It’s

also a great way to see some neat historical

architecture in these 100-year-old buildings,

check out what’s new on campus, and explore what’s in store for the future.”


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Recreation Programs & Events

Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival July 4th Celebration Little Balkans Festival Youth & Adult Baseball & Softball Tournaments Mini Mudder & Gorilla Dash Zombies, Run! Holiday Craft Fair & Santa’s Workshop

Memorial Auditorium & Convention Center Performances Shrek Junie B Jones Peter Pan Pittsburg Idol The Odd Couple Scrooge

Four Oaks Golf Course Greens Fees 9 Hole Weekday - $10.00 18 Hole Weekday - $14.00 9 Hole Weekend - $11.00 18 Hole Weekend - $15.00 Cart Fees 9 Hole Per Person - $7.00 18 Hole Per Person - $12.00

Pittsburg Aquatic Center Opens Memorial Day Weekend Daily Admission Child $3.25 | Adult $4.25 Senior $3.25 Lazy River | Zero Depth Entry Diving Boards | Family Slides Concessions Available

Tournaments July 4th Celebration Par 3 Little Balkans Festival Upgraded RV & Bike Park! Pittsburg Parks and Recreation | (620) 231-8310 | www.pittks.org | www.facebook.com/PPRD1


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January Albers Marine Fishing, Hunting, Indoor-Outdoor Show 23rd - 24th (2016) | 28th - 29th (2017)

Albers Marine of Arma conducts its annual Indoor-Outdoor Sport Boat and Travel Show the last weekend of January at Meadowbrook Mall in Pitttsburg. The show includes over 80 vendors displaying goods including boats, fishing, hunting, archery, boating equipment, tackle, antique lures, taxidermy, truck accessories, ATV’s, guided hunting and fishing outfitters. This event has free admission and is open to the public. More Info: (620) 347-8853

March

May

PSU International Food and Culture Fair

PSU Spring Commencement

5th (2016) | TBA (2017)

The rich international diversity on the Pittsburg State University campus will be on display when PSU’s International Student Association (ISA) hosts its annual Food and Culture Fair. Taste delicious food samples highlighting countries around the world, and enjoy live cultural performances! This event is open to the community.

PSU International Baja 25th - 28th (2017)

June Rollin’ Nostalgia Car Club Super Cruise on Broadway 4th (2016) | TBA (2017)

Real “Sixties” style cruising on Broadway. Join in the fun with more than 100 cars, music and PSU’s Gus the Gorilla.

April

Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival

Big Bang Rockfest

11th (2016) | TBA (2017)

30th (2016) | 29th (2017)

Big Bang Rockfest is an annual music festival and fundraiser that takes place the last Saturday in April in Downtown Pittsburg to raise money for the Pittsburg, KS July 4th Fireworks Show.

Cow Creek Bluegrass Festival hosts several bands to promote, the style of bluegrass, gospel, folk, old-time music. Held annually in Pittsburg, Kansas.

Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine & Tractor Club 24th - 26th (2016) | 23rd - 25th (2017)

Held annually on the final full weekend of June, the Southeast Kansas Old Time Gas Engine and Tractor Club Show is held at the Crawford County Historical Museum. It features operating exhibits, old gas engines, antique tractors and farm machinery, antique and classic cars, full-sized hay baling demonstration, corn grinding demonstration, an operational old time saw mill, model steam engines, a parade of power and garden tractor pull. Events for all ages including a women’s skillet toss, rolling pin contest, and a turtle race.

February KCAC Indoor Track & Field 5th - 6th (2016) | 3rd - 4th (2017)

Pittsburg State Invitational Indoor Track & Field 12th - 14th (2016) | 10th - 11th (2017)

NJCAA Region 6 Indoor Track and Field 19th - 20th (2016) | 17th - 18th (2017)

6th - 7th (2016) | 12th - 13th (2017)

Dylan Meyer Get Busy Livin 5K 30th (2016) | TBA (2017)

This event honors the life and spirit of Dylan Meier, who still reminds us to live each day to the fullest. The course design is inspired by the number 9, which Dylan sported throughout his Pittsburg High and Kansas State career. The race will take place at Hutchinson Football Field in Pittsburg, KS 38 www.visitcrawfordcounty.com

July Crawford State Park Celebration & Fireworks Display 2nd (Annually)

Girard Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display Check Dates (Held Annually)


CARPE DIEM

Location, Location, Location... Crawford County is conviently located within a few hours drive from the regions major metroplitan areas including: Kansas City, MO; Tulsa, OK; Wichita, KS, Springfield, MO; and Fayetteville AR!

Rollin’ Nostalgia 4th of July Car Show 4th (Annually)

The Rollin’ Nostalgia 4th of July Car Show is held in conjunction with the Pittsburg Independence Day Celebration in Lincoln Park and features over a hundred of the best show cars and trucks from the surrounding 4-state area.

Hepler Ruritan Club 4th of July Celebration & Rodeo 3rd-4th (Annually)

The small town of Hepler, Kansas features a huge holiday celebration and large rodeo with bareback riding, saddle bronc, steer wrestling, team roping, barrel racing, bullriding and breakaway roping, mutton bustin’, calf scramble and bull chariot races. A dance follows the rodeo on July 3 from 10 p.m. to 1 a.m. On July 4, the Hepler 4-H Club sponsors a parade followed by kids’ games, Hillbillie Games, and more rodeo.

Pittsburg Independence Day Celebration & Fireworks Display 3rd - 4th (Annually)

Large fireworks display and a complete

family day in the park. 5K run, baby contest, tennis tournament, golf tournament, bike ride, horseshoe and bocce tournaments, food, arts and crafts, live music and activities for all ages.

Arma V-J Homecoming 12th - 14th (2016) | 11th - 13th (2017)

Four State Farm Show 22nd - 24th (2016) | 21st - 23rd (2017)

Held annually on the third full weekend of July, the Four State Farm Show is a popular and well attended agriculture themed tradeshow with an average attendance of over 27,000 over threedays. The show brings thousands of farmers and ranchers to a 300-acre farm near Pittsburg for agricultural product displays and equipment demonstrations. With approximately 700 exhibits, the event features all of the major lines of farm machinery and equipment as well as innovative products from agribusiness firms across the country. The show is also home to Kansas State University’s Early Season Corn Performance Test and its Roundup Ready Soybean Variety

Held annually the second full weekend of August, the Arma V-J Homecoming is the longest continuously celebrated V-J parade and celebration in the United States. The event features arts and crafts, motorcycle show and competition, veteran’s parade, carnival and rides, and tractor pull. Arma V-J Homecoming is home to Kansas’ Largest Mud Volleyball Tournament. This wildly popular event features over 1,500 participants, 150 teams and divisions for all age groups.

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August

Birds Eye View

Crawford County Fair 3rd - 6th (2016) | 2nd - 5th (2017)

The Fair features livestock exhibitions, arts and crafts exhibitions, competition between county FFA and 4-H clubs, livestock auction and rodeo. The most popular event at the Crawford County Fair is the demolition derby which takes place on the final night of the fair. www.visitcrawfordcounty.com 39


CARPE DIEM Save The Date Continued...

2016-2017 Signature Events Calendar

September

Cherokee Homecoming

Little Balkans Days

Held annually on the second full weekend of September, the Cherokee Homecoming features arts and crafts, food, street dance, a variety of competitions, family gatherings and events for all ages.

2nd - 4th (2016) | 1st - 3rd (2017)

Held annually on Labor Day Weekend, the history, heritage, art and culture that is unique to Southeast Kansas in relationship to the Balkans region in Europe is celebrated. Events are held Friday, Saturday & Sunday including activities such as: King-Queen Coronation, a Big Band Swing Dance, Cruise Night, arts and crafts vendors, food vendors, car and motorcycle show, quilt show, carnival rides, train rides, various cook-offs, golf tournament and model plane exhibition, as well as two stages providing live music for the large street dance Saturday night. The Gorilla Century 100-mile bike ride from Pittsburg, through Cherokee and Crawford Counties and back to Pittsburg is also held in conjunction with Little Balkans Days.

Walnut Homecoming 3rd - 4th (2016) | 2nd - 3rd (2017)

Get Fit TRYathlon and Mixed Team Relay 6th (2016) | TBA (2017)

The Youth TRYathlon is for ages 5-14 and encourages youth to try something new. The 5k & 10k is for ages 15 and over. This event is for all skill levels. A clinic is offered Friday night but not mandatory to review each of the swim, bike, run, and transition areas. Through the clinic, our hope is to teach and mentor in each of the areas for safety and to build upon what they already know.

Held annually on Labor Day Weekend, the Walnut Homecoming and Labor Day Celebration features a library open house, baby contest, parade, kiddie tractor pull, horseshoe tournament, goat wrangling, kids races, greased pig contest, street dance and garden tractor pull.

Big Brutus Polka Fest 27th (2016) | 26th (2017)

Big Brutus is the sight for the annual Polka Fest, the Polka Fest features a variety of regional polka bands performing ethnic music, combined with ethnic food and beverage. This is a great opportunity to experience this regions rich immigrant history.

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9th - 11th (2016) | 8th - 10th (2017)

Arcadia’s Old Settlers Days 9th - 11th (2016) | 15th - 17th (2017)

Held annually on the second full weekend of September, Arcadia’s Old Settlers Days features arts and crafts, tractor pull, parade, a battle of the bands, a variety of competitions, family gatherings, and events for all ages.

Greenbush Day 18th (2016) | 17th (2017)

Held annually on the third Sunday in September, the St. Aloysius Historical Society hosts Greenbush Day as a tribute to the Greenbush history and heritage featuring a fishing contest, hog roast, arts and crafts, music and museum tours.

Festa Italiana 24th (2016) | TBA (2017)

Held annually in late September, Festa Italiana started in 1999 as a small Italian food and heritage festival and has grown to now include food and music from about a dozen nationalities represented in this community. Cooks sell samples of their best ancestral or ethnic recipes, while local musical groups perform. The festival grows every year, and now attracts thousands of hungry visitors, who appreciate the festive yet relaxed atmosphere. Proceeds go to


the Frontenac Education Foundation to be used as scholarships for graduating seniors. A silent auction and live music round out the event.

McCune Fall Festival and Homecoming 23rd - 25th (2016) | 22nd - 24th (2017)

Held annually on the final full weekend of September, McCune’s Fall Festival and Homecoming features arts and crafts, street dance, softball tournament, a variety of competitions, family gatherings, and events for all ages.

Southeast Kansas and features arts and crafts, carnival and rides, street dance, variety of competitions, family gatherings, and events for all ages.

November KSHSAA 5A State Football Championships 26th (2016)

Held at Carnie Smith Sadium on the Pittsburg State University campus.

December Holiday Craft Fair 3rd (2016) | 2nd (2017)

Join the Pittsburg Parks and Recreation Department for their Annual Holiday Craft Fair. The fair will be located in the lower level of Pittsburg’s Memorial Auditorium. This event includes Santa’s Workshop. Children will be able to decorate an ornament, color pictures, play games and meet Santa.

PSU Fall Commencement 16th (2016) | 15th (2017)

Pittsburg Christmas Parade 28th (2016) | 27th (2017)

October Girard Fall Festival and Homecoming TBA (2016) | TBA (2017)

Come out to see Santa as he enters Pittsburg for the first time this year! There will also be bands and floats from area schools, organizations and businesses.

Held annually in early October, the Girard Homecoming has grown into a large gathering of family and friends one last time before the cold weather sets in on

For the most up-to-date information regarding Crawford County’s signature events please visit: www.visitcrawfordcounty.com stay connect with us:

DAYTRIPS Educational Tour Mining Memories Tour Before you begin your Mining Memories Tour, stop into Otto’s Café for a great

breakfast. While you’re there be sure to

ask someone about the mining history in

Southeast Kansas; you’ll get the inside track you’ll need to get the day started.

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

Fun-Filled Family Tour

The “Little Balkans” are hiding a big secret,

the world’s largest, in fact. Okay, Big Brutus is not really a secret, but it is the “World’s

Largest Electric Shovel” and it’s Southeast Kansas’ largest tourist attraction. What a

great way for your family to start a tour of the area!

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

Start the day off in northern Crawford

County just west of Arcadia and take a

trip back in time to the early days of one room schoolhouse education at the Cato

Historic Schoolhouse. The Cato Historical Preservation Association maintains the school and it was placed on the Kansas Register of Historic Places.

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

Fishin’ Follies Tour

The fishing day always begins early in

Crawford County. Start the day by casting

your line in one of the best kept secrets in all of Kansas, Bone Creek Reservoir. This great lake, on the north end of Crawford County,

has been luring fisherman from all over the country for the past two decades.

College-age Couple Tour Get your day started on the Pittsburg State

University campus at the University Gallery and Harry Krug Gallery taking in the latest

displays and exhibits of work from across the United States.

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

Salute to Veterans Tour

Begin the day with breakfast at Harry’s Café in Downtown Pittsburg, get energized for a day filled with remembering all those that

have served our country. After lunch, head to Girard, the Crawford County Seat, to see the Memorial to Kansas.

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

For the rest of these daytrips and more scan the QR code

(Continued at visitcrawfordcounty.com/daytrips)

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Meeting Facilities • Event Facilities • CVB Services

The Scoop When it comes to hosting a great conference it always comes down to having the right people and the right place. In Crawford County we have great people and great places. All of our meeting locations come fully equipped with knowledgeable and friendly staff, and the ability to host 40 or 400…or more. Combine our meeting facilities with the resources, experience and passion of the Crawford County Convention and Visitors Bureau and your event is sure to be a success. Sponsored By:

4020 Parkview Dr, Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.lamplighterpittsburg.com | 620-231-8700


Meeting & Event Facilities Arcadia Community Center 101 East Race Street Arcadia, Kansas (620) 638-4344

The Barn at Timber Cove

Crestwood Country Club 304 West Crestview Avenue Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-9697 www.crestwoodcc.com

832 S. 250th Street Carbon Creek Events Pittsburg, Kansas 979 South 190th Street (620) 249-9153 | (620) 875-6203 Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-4359

Cherokee Community Center 208 South Vine Cherokee, Kansas (620) 457-8413

Chicopee Community Center 403 South Pesavento Ave Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 232-1010

Resource:

Want help hosting your

Frontenac Senior Citizens Center 113 North Crawford Frontenac, Kansas (620) 232-9210 www.frontenacks.net

Girard Public Library

128 West Prairie Avenue Girard, Kansas (620) 724-4317 www.girardpubliclibrary.net

meeting or event? We’re here to help! Check out what we can do.

Crawford County CVB services include: • Preparing competitive bids complete with competitive rates from hotels, meeting facilities and caterers. • Offering competitive bid fees to secure your event in Crawford County. • Arranging site visit and FAM (familiarization) tour prior to the conference. • Assisting with conference planning including theme, logo design, events and entertainment. • Securing local dignitaries to present an official welcome. • Assisting with conference registration and pre conference information distribution. • Assisting with name tags or name badges. Providing welcome bags complete with information, maps and goodies to all participants. • Assisting with securing any catering needs. • On-site conference assistance and on-site information booth. • Gift baskets for conference VIP’s. • Event promotion including press releases, and calendar of event listings. • Assistance with planning and securing entertainment social options during your event. • Assistance with securing transportation options during your event.

Girard Civic Center 221 South Ozark Girard, Kansas (620) 724-8918

Hepler Community Center

105 South Prairie Hepler, Kansas (620) 368-4379, (620) 368-4776, (620) 368-4792 www.hepler.mykansaslibrary.org

Holiday Inn Express 4011 Parkview Dr. Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-1177 Capacity of 100 each.

Homer Cole Center

3003 North Joplin Street Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-9773

Lamplighter Inn and Suites

4020 Parkview Drive Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-8700 | (866) 478-4660 www.lamplighterpittsburg.com

Lincoln Center

710 West Ninth Street Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-8310 • www.pittks.org

Pittsburg Public Library

308 North Walnut Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-8110 www.pittsburgpubliclibrary.org

Raymond Community Home 301 South Osage Girard, Kansas (620) 724-4133

Rockin K Event Center 999 E. 620th Ave. Mulberry, Kansas (620) 764-3385

Schlanger Center

725 East Sixth Street Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 231-8310

Sherman Township Town Hall 116 North Neal Street Farlington, Kansas (620) 362-3183

Southeast Kansas Education Service Center ‑ Greenbush 947 West Highway 47 Girard, Kansas (620) 724-6281

Timmons Ballroom (Inside Hotel Stillwell)

McCune Town and Country Center 707 North Broadway 410 Fifth Street McCune, Kansas (620) 632-4226

Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 235-1997

207 South Military Mulberry, Kansas (620) 674-8804

Walnut, Kansas (620) 354-6794

Walnut Community Center Mulberry Senior Citizens Center 511 West Robbins Overman Student Center Pittsburg State University 1701 S. Broadway Pittsburg, Kansas (620) 235-4791

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CREATE Fine Arts • Performing Arts • Music • Events

The Scoop Artists and musicians inspired by the ethnic diversity of the early settlers to this region of Kansas have allowed Crawford County to experience an artistic resurgence. With events like the Downtown Pittsburg Art Walk and SEK Art Fest and the opening of the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Crawford County has become the region’s cultural epicenter. Colorful murals, a variety of musical and theatre performances, artistic displays and the continued support and appreciation of the arts can be found throughout Crawford County. Sponsored By:

Memorial Auditorium and Convention Center 503 N. Pine Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.memorialauditorium.org | 620-231-7827


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By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

When a The New York Times writer stopped by Memorial Auditorium & Convention

Center in Pittsburg on the advice of a local,

who suggested he see Pittsburg Community Theatre’s production of “The Wizard of Oz”

while he was in town, he was unprepared for

what he stumbled upon: A sold-out show. And it was a great one.

Dorothy Gale’s house spun through the air

with special rigging. The Wicked Witch of the West’s monkeys flew, as did the unfriendly

Miss Gulch on her bicycle. The musical score

was performed by a live orchestra, and highly choreographed numbers were danced by

the regionally renowned Midwest Regional Ballet.

“Despite tickets priced at a mere $5 and

$10, the show was admirably elaborate...” he wrote.

Afterward, he, like other visitors who came from near and far for the show, took part

in Pittsburg’s downtown nightlife scene of

bands and beverages. They were surprised,

they confessed, at the arts and entertainment available in this area. But those who live here

will tell you that’s one of the reasons they call Crawford County home.

“We love that performing and fine arts are available here; it’s one of the reasons we never moved away,” says local business owner Heather Horton.

One of the founders of Pittsburg ArtWalk, held downtown four times a year just a block from Memorial Auditorium, she

frequently finds herself engaging in the local

“If we aren’t able to be in a show, we never

miss attending one in the audience,” Diann says. “The shows are just that good.”

art scene.

Each summer, PCT also stages something just

Likewise, longtime residents like Diann and

and Linden Little took part, then grew up

Arts attraction John Mazurek make it a point to commit

time and talent to at least one of the three large-scale performances staged by PCT

each year, starting in late March and ending in October. They’ve raised their two boys doing so.

for children: A youth theater workshop called Junior Starz. As children, Megan Westhoff

to pursue a career in the arts and chose to remain in Crawford County. Thanks to the new Bicknell Family Center for the Arts,

they’re producing shows as part of Pittsburg State University’s growing theater program.

Recent years have seen them in “The

Last fall’s production of “Charlotte’s Web”

made it rain on stage, and the Joad Family

brought their children to see the age-old

Grapes of Wrath” — a show in which the

director turned the orchestra pit into a river, headed west in a moving Hudson Super Six Jalopy. The couple also took part in “Annie” and “Evita,” two of the most elaborate productions PCT has ever staged.

Encore The Pittsburg State University Theatre Company presents several plays throughout the year at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

sold out each of five performances. Hundreds of parents from up to two hours away

literary classic brought to life. Kim Martin

was among them, driving with her children from Cherryvale for the show.

“Wow!” she says. “It was great!” Impressed by costuming, elaborate makeup, set design and the acting itself, she plans to return to future productions, which are staged three times each school year by PSU Theatre.

“I’m super proud of this show,” Little said.

“I’m confident we could put this up against anything offered in a big city.”

Adding to the allure is the center itself — a $33 million, 90,000-square-foot piece of

architecture with 210 glass panels that make up the dramatic curved front of the building, which features a black-box theater and a large performance hall.

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A foundation Each August, the auditorium hosts a two-

week youth theater workshop taught by an award-winning local theatre teacher.

His productions at Pittsburg High School

also are proving to be a draw — from classic musical favorites like “Footloose” and

“Grease” to 2016’s “Shrek: The Musical,” on tap for Memorial Auditorium Feb. 17-20,

and his annual social issue plays which are

attended by busloads of students from many Southeast Kansas and Southwest Missouri schools.

shows audiences — not just parents of kids in

Public art

Adding to the quality of life here, notes Horton, is public art, from galleries on

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town, to community murals that add color to Horton, whose degree is in art, began

has come a reputation for producing quality the shows — want to see.”

by famed artists, to statues that dot the downtown Pittsburg.

“We’re building a foundation for the arts

in this community,” he said. “And with that

campus at PSU that feature numerous works

rallying other area artists in 2006 to stage a downtown art and music festival; in the

years since, it blossomed into Pittsburg Art Walk. Artists not only have work for sale in

and outside of downtown businesses, many of them also demonstrate their art during the festival for onlookers to see.

“I love that there’s always something going on here, or something to go do or see,”

When she and her husband, Roger, close up their shop for the day, they take bike rides

around town to view public art like murals and statues.

“Public art, in my opinion is the best type of

art. Whether it’s a true fine art mural painting or a collaborative effort of a giant popcorn

bucket and movie screen on the side of the Fox Theatre, it all has its place and it’s all

important,” she says. “It’s part of what makes this a great place to visit and live.”

Horton says.

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The Theatre Scene: Colonial Fox Theatre

Enjoy the renaissance of this 1920’s building located between 4th and 5th on Broadway, now a recipient of the National Registry of Historic Places. For summer enjoyment, plan on taking in their outdoor film series on the north side of the building. For more information call (620) 235-0622. When night falls, they cap off the day at one of the downtown bars the New York Times

writer visited, where bands, open mic nights

and poetry readings are common fare. Or, like others, they may find themselves with too

many choices: It’s not unusual on one night to have to choose from a concert, a theater performance, a band, and a ballet.

“I guess that’s a good problem to have,” Horton says. “It’s a happening place.”

Memorial Auditorium

The 1500+ seat Memorial Auditorium is a state-of-the-art facility that hosts a variety of musical, theatrical, cultural and artistic performance. Memorial Auditorium is also home to the Pittsburg Community Theatre. The Pittsburg Community Theatre provides multiple performances annually ranging from dramas to comedies to musicals. Memorial Auditorium also regularly hosts the Midwest Regional Ballet. This talented troop has performed beautiful rendetions of the hit musical “Cats”, “Alice in Steampunk Wonderland,” “The Nightmare Before Christmas” and many more. To learn more about Memorial Auditorium call (620) 2317827 or visit www.memorialauditorium.org

Local Murals 1957 and 1961 NAIA National Championship Murals Weede Physical Education Building, 1801 South Homer

Amazon Army Mural

Pittsburg Public Library, 308 North Walnut

Arma Centennial Mural West wall, 604 East Washington

Birger Sandzen Landscapes Foyer of McCray Hall (PSU) 1701 N Broadyway

Café del Rio Mural Series Inside Café del Rio, 201 East Centennial

Centennial Mural

North end of Nation Hall (PSU) 1701 N Broadway

Colonial Fox Mural

Blank Canvas The annual SEK Artfest features themed, objects uniquely decorated by area artisans which display throughout the county

Bicknell Family Center For The Arts See story on pg. 50

PSU Theatre

The Pittsburg State University Theatre Company presents several plays throughout the year at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts. Past productions include The Dinosaur Musical, Dead Man Walking, The Jungle Book, A Midsummer Night’s Dream, Alice in Wonderland and many more. Pitt State Theatre is also involved with a variety of service projects that advance their theatre skills while serving the community. For a list of upcoming performances visit: www.pittstate.edu/psu-theatre

North wall of the Colonial Fox 407 N Broadway

Girard History Mural

Side of Brenneman Auto Parts 101 E. Prarie • Girard

Immigrant Park Mural Second and Walnut

Pittsburg, Kansas

(Featured on the cover)

South wall above Family Vision Care 310 N. Broadway

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By: Ron Womble

When the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts opened in December 2014, Pittsburg State University President Steve Scott said the

beautiful new performing arts center had the potential to change the region. The building was important, Scott said, not because of its size or its beauty, but because of the

programming that would take place in it.

productions that includes “Mamma Mia!” “The Million Dollar Quartet,” and the

Broadway musical, “Beauty and the Beast.”

The Bicknell Center’s first year confirmed

PSU Theatre has eagerly embraced the

Even the most optimistic supporters of the

and a full-service costume shop adjacent to

President Scott’s predictions.

project could not have predicted the number

or variety of events the Bicknell Center would host in the space of 12 short months.

intimate, yet flexible space in the Bicknell

Center’s Miller Family Theater. Scene shops the theater have made it the perfect place to stage productions like “Eurydice,” and

The Bicknell Center’s busy first year follows a very long period when there was no large theater or performance space on campus.

Deterioration forced the closure of Carney Hall, with its large auditorium, in 1978. In the years since Carey closed and the Bicknell Center

opened, performances and lectures had to be

moved downtown to Memorial Auditorium or were just not booked, at all.

“Charlotte’s Web.”

When the campus and community gathered to

the Bicknell Center has made it possible

journey required to make the building a reality.

dedicate the $33 million building in December 2014, President Scott reflected on the long

Thousands upon thousands of patrons

In addition to entertainment of all types,

Air Force Academy Band, the PSU Choirs,

the PSU Wind Ensemble and the PSU Jazz

reputation to the campus. Former First Lady Scott praised the PSU students and the 636 Laura Bush spoke as part of the university’s private donors who have given to the project so

Presidents,” was followed in the Bicknell

university announced the establishment

have flocked to the Bicknell Center for

entertainment options including the U.S.

once again to attract speakers of national

David Osborne, known as the “Pianist to the

ongoing Women in Government Series soon far. He singled out lead donor Gene Bicknell and his wife, Rita, as well as Linda and Lee Scott and after the building opened. Recently, the

by national entertainment groups like STOMP

Examination of American Life and its first

Ensembles and the SEK Symphony. Alumnus Center’s Linda & Lee Scott Performance Hall and the illusionist Reza.

Having a world-class venue like the Bicknell

Center, with its 1,100-seat Scott Performance Hall, helped make it possible to launch the Best of Broadway, a series of Broadway

of the H. Lee Scott Speaker Series: An speaker, President Bill Clinton.

the Walton Family Foundation for two major

gifts and named some of the top donors to the project.

“More than anything, this day is a celebration of the spirit of this institution and this

community,” said PSU President Steve Scott. “Without the support of our students and donors and the incredible work of our

campus faculty and staff who helped

design this beautiful structure, this day would have never arrived.”


Signature Art Events: Pittsburg Art Walk

The community of Pittsburg comes together to celebrate fine art and live music showcasing local artists and musicians. Pittsburg’s Art Walk joins together the impressive talents of both Pittsburg State University students, local artists and musicians in a relaxed, festive night of artistic delight. The Art Walk is held twice a year in downtown Pittsburg.

Pittsburg State University Jazz Festival

The Presidential Treatment Former President Bill Clinton visited the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts in 2015 as a part of the H. Lee

For over thirty years, Pittsburg State University has hosted the annual Jazz Festival each spring. Students, area residents and visitors who appreciate jazz are welcome to the annual Jazz Festival. A concert with nationally renowned artists is held in the evening after competition. The event takes place at the Bicknell Center for the Arts and Memorial Auditorium the first Friday in March.

Scott Speaker Series.

Kansas Large Ensemble Competition Kansas high schools bring their large ensembles to the campus of Pittsburg State University at McCray Hall and the Bicknell Center for the Arts for state championship competition.

Art Galleries Beverly Corcoran Art Gallery 503 North Pine • Pittsburg (620) 231-7827 Monday-Friday, 8:30 a.m.-5:00 p.m.

University Gallery Porter Hall • PSU Campus 1701 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 235-4305 Mon.-Fri. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. September-May

Harry Krug Gallery Porter Hall • PSU Campus 1701 South Broadway • Pittsburg (620) 235-4305 Mon.-Thurs. 8:00 a.m.-9:30 p.m. Fri. 8:00 a.m.-4:30 p.m. September-May

SEK Artfest

The SEK Art Fest is a unique outdoor art exhibit and heritage celebration in Crawford County. The mission of SEK Art Fest is to promote arts and cultural festivals in Southeast Kansas. The annual festival features oversized objects, uniquely decorated by area artisans. In 2013, SEK Art Fest celebrated the unique heritage of the region with “Mining Memories.” The festival featured twenty-four beautifully painted coal buckets, which were viewed by thousands visiting the downtown area. SEK Art Fest culminates in an art auction, where each item is sold to help fund future art projects and festivals in the area. Learn more at www.sekartfest.com.

Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra

Started in 1915 to facilitate and enhance the performance and enjoyment of symphonic music as an integral part of the cultural environment of Southeast Kansas, the Southeast Kansas Symphony Orchestra performs frequently throughout the year at Memorial Auditorium, Pittsburg State University’s McCray Hall, and The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

Mid-America Music Festival

Musical competition featuring the vocal talents of grade school, middle school and high school performers held annually at Pittsburg State University.

Four-State Band Festival

The Four-State Band festival is a one-day clinic for regional high school students giving them an opportunity to work with a nationally renowned composer with performances during the evening. Held the first Thursday each May at The Bicknell Family Center for the Arts.

Pittsburg State University Solo and Chamber Music Series

Touted as one of the finest collections of worldwide artists, Pittsburg State University hosts the popular series annually on campus. A wide array of performers from across the county bring the sounds of the musical to McCray Hall.

Pittsburg Community Concert Band and Community Jazz Band

Pittsburg’s finest musicians fill the summer evenings with a schedule of casual outdoor concerts. Bring your chairs and plan to relax and toe-tap while listening to every type of music. Jazz, classical and big band sounds fill The Oval lawn at Pittsburg State University.

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LEARN Pittsburg State University • Academic Programs Guide

The Scoop No visit to Crawford County would be complete without a stop at Pittsburg State University. Pittsburg State, a comprehensive, fully accredited, graduate-level state university with an enrollment of more than 7,200, is the economic, social and cultural hub for Crawford County.

Sponsored By:

Pittsburg State University

1701 South Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762 www.pittstate.edu | 620-231-7000


Learn Residents and visitors alike may choose from hundreds of activities at Pitt State (many of them free) throughout the year. One of the

university’s newest additions, the Bicknell

Family Center for the Arts welcomed more

than 66,000 visitors in 2015, its first year of operation. Guests were treated to national Broadway tours, political dignitaries,

including former President Bill Clinton, and internationally renowned classical and jazz musicians.

These offerings are just a few of the many

cultural opportunities available on Pittsburg State’s campus. They provide Crawford

each home football game. Ten thousand fans

The memorial, which honors all veterans,

support their beloved Gorillas.

construction in 2004, hundreds of thousands

come together in brilliant Red and Gold to

County residents with a quality of life that

For those in a more contemplative mood,

areas.

landscaped campus is a must. Visitors can

usually is only available in large metropolitan Fans of Gorilla athletics are known for their passion and tens of thousands of visitors travel to Pittsburg each year to enjoy

championship caliber competitions in some of the most advanced facilities available in Division II.

Carnie Smith Stadium has been ranked

among the best collegiate stadiums in the

nation for its atmosphere and fan enjoyment.

a walk through Pitt State’s beautiful

enjoy the energy of the university’s historic

is unlike any other in the U.S. Since its

of visitors have spent time in the memorial’s peaceful amphitheater, where a pool reflects

the eternal flame and the black granite panels that cover the memorial’s interior walls.

Oval, the tranquil setting of Timmons

Chapel on the shore of University Lake and incredible outdoor sculptures by world-

renowned artists including Tom Corbin and Joe Beeler.

No visit to Pittsburg State University would be complete without a stop at the Veterans Memorial on the east side of the campus.

John Lance Arena’s recent renovation

combines history with modern amenities to

offer one of the most unique fan experiences in Division II and the newly constructed

150,000 sq.-ft. Robert W. Plaster Center is

home to one of the best indoor event centers in the nation.

Even with these great facilities, it is Pittsburg State’s fans who make this university so

special. No single athletics-related event

Making History On January 15, 1925 Pittsburg State University officially became the “Gorillas.” PSU is the only college or university with a Gorilla as it’s mascot.

is better known than the communitywide

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LEARN Pittsburg State University Academic Programs

COLLEGE OF ARTS & SCIENCES Art • Art 2D General Fine Art 3D General Fine Art Illustrations and Visual Storytelling • Art Education

Biology**

• Biology Cellular & Molecular Biology Ecology & Organismic Biology Field Biology & Environment Plant Physiology/Plant Molecular Biology Plant Taxonomy Pre-Dental (not a dental hygiene program) Pre-Medicine Pre-Optometry Pre-Physical Therapy/Pre Occupational Therapy Pre-Veterinary • Medical Technology • Biology Education • General Science (minor) • Natural History (minor)

Chemistry**

• Chemistry Biochemistry Environmental Pharmaceutical Chemistry

(requires 2 years of pharmacy school to complete program)

Polymer Pre-Dental Pre-Medicine Pre-Veterinary Professional • Chemistry Education

Communication**

• Communication Advertising Broadcasting (Radio, TV) News Editorial Photojournalism Public Relations Theatre • Communication Education

English and Modern Languages** • English Creative Writing Language Technical/Professional Writing Traditional • French • Spanish • English Education • French Education • Spanish Education

Family & Consumer Sciences

• Family & Consumer Sciences Early Childhood Development Fashion Merchandising Community & Family Services Interior Merchandising • Family & Consumer Sciences Education • Human Ecology (minor) • Youth & Adolescent Development (minor)

History, Philosophy & Social Sciences**

• Geography • History • Justice Studies (Criminal Justice, Generalist) • Political Science (Generalist, Pre-Law) • Social Work • Sociology (Criminology, Generalist, Diversity) • History/Government (Social Studies Education) • Multicultural Studies (minor) • Philosophy (minor)

Mathematics** • Mathematics

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(Information Assurance & Computer Security, System Design) • Computing (minor) • Internal Auditing (minor, certificate)

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SCORE Sports • Recreation • Events • Facilities

The Scoop Spectacular facilities, a convenient location, affordable accommodations and unmatched hospitality are why Crawford County continues to be the home to numerous championship caliber sporting events. As home to Pittsburg State University, we have the amenities and facilities of much larger cities. That’s why the NCAA, NJCAA, NAIA, Babe Ruth, the Kansas Shrine Bowl and more continue to choose Crawford County to host their championship events. You’ll always feel like a winner, when you compete in Crawford County.


Baseball & Softball: Al Ortolani Field is part of PSU’s Gene Bicknell Sports Complex, which includes the PSU Softball Complex as well as a pair of intramural fields. Ortolani Field continues to draw reviews as one of the top playing facilities in the Midwest.

Dimensions are 330 down the left field line, 400 to center, 330 down the right field line. (Pittsburg)

Don Gutteridge Sports Complex Features seven ball fields, perfect for adult

and youth tournaments alike. Managed by the City of Pittsburg, the Don Gutteridge Sports Complex offers ample parking, controllable entrances and two conveniently located

concession stands. The seven fields deliver the flexibility to hold tournaments for a

Cycling: Walnut Time Trials Course 40 k is an “L” shaped course with a sweeping bend. Pavement is smooth and traffic is very low. Course has some 2-3 percent “hills” of

200-300 meters length. Total elevation gain is

variety of age groups and abilities at the same 127 meters for 40k. time. (Pittsburg)

Historic Jaycee Ballpark is one of the premiere baseball stadiums in the region. With covered seating for 1,000,

FieldTurf playing surface on the infield and

Pittsburg Criterium Course Circuit is 1.47km w/technical backstretch, one

Crawford County and Carnie Smith Stadium will have played host to five Kansas Shrine Bowl games since 2002, including the upcoming 45th game in 2018... The most of any location in that span.

tight turn and a small hill. Total elevation gain of 6 meters per lap.

foul territory, and a natural grass outfield

Arma Road Race Course

great tournament facility. Dimensions are

and small climbs. 611 feet gained each lap.

with warning track, Jaycee Ballpark is a

A 23 mile circuit with numerous rolling hills

320 down the left field line, 375 to the left

Finish is one mile after climbing the largest hill

power alley, 400 to dead center, 360 to right

A Full Bowl...

in Crawford County. All crossings are smooth

power alley and 303 down the right field line. and safe. (Pittsburg)

Red Wutke Park A Five field complex with natural playing surface and concessions. (Girard)

Frontenac Sports Complex

A Five field complex with natural playing surface and concessions. (Frontenac)

Pittsburg State University: Carnie Smith Stadium Located in Pittsburg, Kansas, Carnie Smith Stadium is the home of the Pittsburg State University Gorillas and is recognized as one of the premiere venues in NCAA Division II.

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SCORE Robert W. Plaster Center | PSU Plaster Center gets national attention By: Ron Womble The newest building on the Pittsburg State

University campus is already drawing people from all across the U.S. The campus and

the community planned for months to host the 2016 NCAA Division II National Track

Championships, which was held in the Robert W. Plaster Center and which drew thousands of visitors to the community.

That’s just the beginning, as the facility

will also be home to the DII National Track

Championships again in 2018 and the NJCAA National Championships in 2017 and 2019. It’s that sort of regional and even national potential that the City of Pittsburg had in mind when they decided to partner with the university and the Robert W. Plaster Foundation to build one of the premier

indoor multi-purpose facilities in the U.S.

At the dedication of the Plaster Center, thenmayor Monica Murnan said the decision to invest in the Plaster Center was unlike any

the commission had been asked to consider previously.

“The university’s proposal made us pause

to consider exactly what a facility like this would mean for Pittsburg,” Murnan said.

“The strength of this university is not in its

Overlooking the field and track is the

Scott. “Our strength lies in the relationships

individual pieces of equipment and more than

buildings but in those who helped make

them possible,” said PSU President Steve

we’ve been able to forge with our students, alumni, community and donors.”

The Plaster Center is an amazing facility. The main athletics portion of the Plaster Center, which includes the 300-meter Harvey Dean Track and the 100-yard indoor practice

field, is big enough to park two Boeing 787 Dreamliners, nose-to-tail.

The Harvey Dean Track has a Mondo Super X Performance surface, which is the same used in the Olympic Games. Retractable

Conditioning Center, which includes 1,200 20,000 pounds of free weights.

The facility also includes new locker rooms

for cross country, track and field and football and offices for cross country and track and

field. There is a large laundry for the athletics

teams, reception rooms and an on-site catering kitchen.

Tom Myers, associate athletic director for

facilities, said the possibilities for the Plaster

Center are limited only by one’s imagination.

seating can accommodate almost 1,500

“Whether it’s as a site for national meets,

The high-definition Crown Automotive

is going to be an asset that pays benefits to the

spectators.

Video Board measures 16 feet by 29 feet. Six remote camera stations and a sophisticated 80,000-watt sound system ensures that spectators don’t miss any of the action.

“Both parties, the city and the university,

worked together to develop a plan that fit the needs of our community and its campus.”

PSU President Steve Scott said the combined effort by the university, the community and

private donors was a reflection of one of the university’s key strengths.

11,000-square-foot ProMaxima Strength and

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regional exhibits like boat or home shows, or

as an indoor practice facility, the Plaster Center community and the campus for many years to come,” Myers said.


SCORE Facilities Guide Continued from pg. 57

Carnie Smith Stadium provides one of

the strongest home field advantages in

John Lance Arena

and capacity for more than 10,000. Features of Carnie Smith Stadium

purpose arena built in 1971. In 2012,

John Lance arena received a $1.3 million

college football with seating for 8,343,

John Lance Arena is a 3,500 seat multi-

include, 24 luxury skyboxes, MondoTurf

renovation with the installation of a new,

artificial playing surface and one of the

largest video boards in college football; the 40 foot by 70 foot “JungleTron.”

In addition to numerous NCAA Division II regular season and playoff games, Carnie Smith Stadium has been the home to

Kansas High School state championships, the Kansas Shrine Bowl All-Star game,

31,000-square-foot, maple floor. The

renovation also included new lower-level seating. John Lance Arena features three full-size basketball courts and can be

converted into seven volleyball courts.

John Lance Arena is also an ideal venue for wrestling, dance and cheerleading competitions.

and two National Junior College Athletic

Additional Sports Facilities:

Carnie Smith Stadium also features the

212 E 9th St, Pittsburg, KS (620) 231-4690 # of Courts: 1

Association championship games.

Prentice Gudgen Track. This historic

track and field facility has hosted many events at the youth, high school and

collegiate levels, including the MIAA

Track and Field Championship. In 2011, Bleacher Report listed Carnie Smith

Stadium as one of the “Top 50 Stadiums to See Before You Die” and one of the

“Top 20 College Football Atmospheres in the Country.”

Where Champions are made! The Robert W. Plaster Center will play host to the 2016 and 2018 NCAA Division II; and the 2017 and 2019 NJCAA Indoor Track and Field Championships!

Basketball/Volleyball St. Mary’s-Colgan Fieldhouse

Pittsburg State Student Rec Center 2001 S. Rouse, Pittsburg, KS # of Courts: 3

Bowling Holiday Lanes

2406 N Broadway St | Pittsburg, Kansas 24 Lanes

Disc Golf Schlanger Park

Mostly Flat & Moderately Wooded 18 Holes | Par: 54 Length: 5480’

Lincoln Park

Mostly Flat & Moderately Wooded Course 9 Holes | Par: 27 Length: 2,175’

Football Hutchinson Field

1310 N. Broadway, Pittsburg, KS Field Surface: Artificial/ FieldTurfTM Seating: 5,000

Golf Countryside Golf Course

469 East 520th Ave. Pittsburg, Kan. 66762 (620) 232-3654 9-hole, 3,075-yard, par-36.

Crawford Hills Girard

205 East Highway 47 Girard, Kan. 66743 (620) 724-8855 www.girardkansas.gov/girard_ recreation.html 9-hole, 3,025-yard, par-36.

Crestwood Country Club

304 West Crestview Ave. Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-6530 www.countryclubatcrestwood.com 18-hole, 6,691-yard, par 72.

Four Oaks Golf Course

910 Memorial Drive Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-8070 www.pittks.org (Search “Four Oaks”) 18-hole, 4,579-yard, par 65.

Swimming Pittsburg Family YMCA

1100 North Miles, Pittsburg, KS (620) 231-1100 6 Lanes | 25 meters

Weede Phys Ed Building

1701 South Homer, Pittsburg, KS (620) 235-4914 8 Lanes | 25 meters

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EXPLORE Parks • Trails • Scenic Views • Outdoor Activites

The Scoop

Fall Festival by Aubrey Jameson

The outdoor opportunities in Crawford County are as diverse as the immigrants that settled the area. Located at the foothills of the Ozarks, Crawford County features two distinct geological regions, providing ideal habitat for a variety of game and outdoor activities. The Osage Cuestas make-up the northwestern portion of Crawford County and feature rolling grasslands, limestone bluffs, and heavily timbered bottomland. The hardwood timber provides excellent deer, squirrel, and eastern turkey hunting. Quail hunting can also be very good on the grasslands and at the edges of timber, grass, and small crop fields. The Cherokee Lowlands distinguish the southeastern half of Crawford County with thick brush and timber, and rich coal resources. In recent years, thousands of acres, once strip mined for coal, have been reclaimed to native vegetation. Whether you are an experienced outdoorsman, a beginner or a hobbyist, you’ll find the outdoor experience you’re looking for in Crawford County. Sponsored By:

CRAWFORD STATE

PARK

No. 1 Lake Road Farlington, Kansas 66734 (620) 362-3671 • www.ksoutdoors.com


E

Explore

By Andra Bryan Stefanoni

On an early spring day that seemed made

for fishing, Tom Pebley, of Kansas City, cast his lure into one of the more than 1,000

strip pits that dot Crawford County. The blue Kansas sky above was picture perfect: White clouds dotted it, and a slight breeze rippled the water. Nothing but occasional birdsong interrupted his thoughts.

Pebley already had channel catfish on his stringer, but was hoping to add crappie. One of tens of thousands of outdoor

enthusiasts who come to Southeast Kansas

each year, he enjoys the fishing and camping the Mined Land Area offers.

“We have nothing like this where we live,” he says. “What you have down here is unique.”

Spanning Crawford and Cherokee counties, the

Mined Land Area is comprised of 14,500 public acres belonging to the Kansas Department of Wildlife, Parks & Tourism. It includes 13,000 acres of land and 1,500 acres of water.

Strip pits, as the locals call them, vary in size

from one-quarter of an acre to 50 acres, with depths as shallow as a foot and as deep as

60 feet, owe their existence to coal miners.

From the 1920s through the mid 1970s, they were carved by steam and electric shovels in search of coal veins. When the shovels were turned off and the miners left, the

countryside grew quiet, and the strip pits were left to Mother Nature.

The passage of time would see ecological

succession: vegetation grew up and over the spoils, while the pits filled with water and

aquatic life took up residence. It has become rugged country with a variety of habitats.

Native grass and some cool-season grasses dominate 4,000 acres of the property. The remaining 9,000 acres of land is covered

with bur oak, pin oak, walnut, hickory and

hackberry with a thick understory of

and fishing gear out nearly every weekend

ivy and blackberry. It’s home to species

always rewarded: They count among their

dogwood, green briar, honeysuckle, poison like whitetail deer, eastern wild turkey,

mourning dove, bobwhite quail, fox squirrel, cottontails and waterfowl.

The land is sought out after by hunters, hikers, mushroom and berry pickers, campers, boaters and kayakers.

when the weather is good. They are nearly wildlife sightings beaver, snakes, turtles,

herons, cranes, deer, porcupine, frogs, hawks, bald eagles, dragonflies and damselflies, ducks, egrets and fish.

‘Something for everyone’

Becky Gray, who moved to the area from

They don’t limit themselves to strip pits; they

“I found the outdoor recreation here

State Park.

Colorado, is one.

alluring,” she says as she pushes her kayak into a strip pit and climbs aboard. Her

paddles slice the reflection of the sky and transform it into ripples. Gray navigates

through a narrow, low-water opening and

pulls up next to a beaver dam that from any other place on the acreage is invisible and

inaccessible. She floats quietly past a thick

stand of cattails, slowing as she nears a log

to watch three red-eared sliders basking in the sunlight.

“Kayaking allows you to go places others can’t go,” she says. “It’s a great way to

have found plenty of water to explore and fish in at Crawford State Lake, part of Crawford

The 150-acre lake and subsequent 500-acre park were created 75 years ago, when 200

young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps toiled for four years to transform an area

once occupied as a 19th Century military outpost into a recreation destination.

The state assumed operations and began

further transformations. A volunteer group began adding amenities. Today, the park

is like no other in the state: It is rooted in

history, is home to 80 residents, and is cared for in part by the Friends of Crawford State

unwind.”

Some days, she takes her fishing rod and

reel. Today, she is content with photos that capture the wildlife she sees.

Gray, her family and friends, get their kayaks

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Park. It attracts tens of thousands of visitors annually, who find peaceful campsites and

several cabins available to rent along the lake’s shoreline, shaded by mature cottonwoods and oaks and redbuds. Anglers use docks, casing

for channel catfish, crappie, and striped bass,

supplied by a national fish hatchery below the dam, while youth enjoy a sandy swimming

beach and playgrounds. Boaters, tubers and

water skiers enjoy the lake, while hikers and

bikers enjoy a network of trails on the wooded perimeter.

“You can camp next to a playground and

patterns formed in the ice. The blanket of

the south end of the lake offers a peaceful place

and cardinals flit above and shared their

amphitheater, or enjoy primitive camping, and

to kayak and watch wildlife,” Gray says. “There’s really something for everyone in all times of year.”

‘Hidden jewel’

snow muffles her footfalls as chickadees

song. In summer, the towering cottonwoods, sycamores, oaks, and hickories shade the

trails. In spring, redwood and dogwood are in bloom.

Trails Deer Run Nature Trail No. 1 Lake Road (Farlington) Crawford State Park

At the north edge of Pittsburg, outdoor

“It’s a great place to come for a workout, or

seasonal wonder: Wilderness Park —

says.

Deer Run is a hardened self-guided nature trail with interpretive signs, Many local flora and fauna can be seen along this trail, the variety depending upon the time of year.

to a collection of trails that vary in length and

Trails are accessed from a large, gravel parking

No. 1 Lake Road (Farlington) Crawford State Park

range from whitetail deer to red-eared slider

unloading mountain bikes, strollers and pets.

enthusiast Mandy Peak has found another previously coal-mined land — that is home difficulty. Wildlife watching opportunities turtles sunning themselves on logs.

Peak especially enjoys the park in autumn as

leaves begin to turn to oranges, reds, yellows

and browns, and in early spring as buds begin

simply some solitude, any time of year,” she

lot at the trailhead, with ample room for

That’s also where visitors will find a trail map on a kiosk. Visitors can check the map out online at www.pittks.org (Parks & Recreation section).

to form and wildlife emerges from hibernation. Some of the trails are ADA accessible, while Benches give her the perfect spot to rest.

others are challenging as they follow ridges

But she uses it in all seasons: In winter, she

through the woods. Occasional wooden

passes by frozen strip pits, pausing now

and then to catch her breath and admire the

and occasionally branch off into single track benches along the trails are perfect for bird watching, eating a snack or resting awhile.

Drywood Creek Trail

A formidable route for mountain bikers who want a challenge. Seven miles long, with twists, turns, ups and downs. It has been used many times to host Missouri mountain bike race events.

Spiderleg Bridge Trail No. 1 Lake Road (Farlington) Crawford State Park

A historic military out post self-guided interpretive trail.

Trail Head Park / Watco Trail 11th & Broadway (Pittsburg)

Nicely landscaped 1/2 mile paved trail for walkers or bikers

Wilderness Park 907 W. McKay (Frontenac)

Over 4 miles of diverse natural environment trails, along with four fishing pits that include wetlands, forested areas, grasslands, and a portion of the Cow Creek tributary system.


Go Wild! The Mined Land Wildlife Area is 14,500 acres of land, reclaimed following years of surface mining, the area is comprised of 1,500 acres of water and 13,000 acres of land.

GUIDED OUTFITTERS:

Bone Creek Sport and Gun Club P.O. Box 512 Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 249-0938 www.bonecreekgunclub.com

Carters Big Island Hunt Club 108 St. Joseph Street St. Paul, Kansas 66771 (620) 232-4829 www.cbihuntclub.com

Claythorne Lodge

1329 Northwest 100th Columbus, Kansas 66725 (620) 597-2568 shoot@claythornlodge.com www.claythornlodge.com

Hickory Creek Outfitter

Stateline Trophy Hunters

1230 West 570th Avenue McCune, Kansas 66753 (620) 423-5491 adam@hickorycreekoutfitter.com www.hickorycreekoutfitter.com

282 North 270th Street Mulberry, Kansas 66756 (620) 764-3183 huntkansas@hotmail.com www.statelinetrophyhunters.com

K&K Outfitters, LLC

317 North 250th Mulberry, Kansas 66756 (620) 249-3003 keaton@duckandbuck.com www.duckandbuck.com

Pawnee Wildlife Preserve

245 South 180th Street Fort Scott, Kansas 66701 (620) 547-2500 rdfreeman@ckt.net www.robfreemanoutdoors.com

Southeast Kansas Outfitters 107 West Perry Street Arma, Kansas 66712 (620) 704-4166 rod@sekoutfitters.com www.sekoutfitters.com

Swanson Farms, LLC 375 3800th Street Elsmore, Kansas 66732 (620) 754-3878 bs924@hotmail.com www.swansonfarms.com

Running Roosters Hunting Resort T&C Wildlife Hunt Club 1484 Northeast 60th Street Columbus, Kansas 66725 (620) 389-2888

Shawnee Creek Preserve 2733 NE Center Star Rd. Columbus, Kansas 66725 (620) 674-8563 shawneecreek@ckt.net

Show Me Birds Hunting Resort, LLC 2400 SE Quaker Road Baxter Springs, Kansas 66713 (620) 674-8863 showmebirds@ckt.net www.showmebirds.com

2461 Arrowhead Road Arcadia, Kansas 66711 (620) 638-4300 tandc@ckt.net www.time2hunt.com

Fishing Holes:

Bone Creek Reservoir

County Road 190 North and County Road 690 East Arma, Kansas 66712 (620) 362-3022 www.kdwp.state.ks.us

Crawford State Park

No. 1 Lake Road Farlington, Kansas 66734 (620) 362-3671 www.ksoutdoors.com

Mined Land Wildlife Area 507 East 560th Ave Pittsburg, Kansas 66762 (620) 231-3173 www.kdwp.state.ks.us

Crawford State Park Birds Eye View

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SHOP Shopping Districts • Local Goods • Uniques

The Scoop

With a diverse selection of shops and a small town feel, your shopping experience will be filled with a wide range of options and unmatched local hospitality. Find a gift for that special someone, the person who has everything, or just a little something for yourself. Specialty and boutique shops line Broadway in Downtown Pittsburg, antiques and collectibles can be found throughout the county and our shopping districts offer the convenience and selection of top, national brands. Shop ‘til you drop in Crawford County. Sponsored By:

www.pittks.org | (620) 231-4100 201 W. 4th Street Pittsburg, KS 66762


Downtown Pittsburg

Downtown Girard

The recently completed Downtown

The historic Courthouse Square in downtown

new streets, new sidewalks, new street

and a variety of dining options. Visitors can

Streetscape Project welcomes visitors with lights, and new benches along Broadway in downtown Pittsburg. With over 80 stores

and storefronts to enjoy, a visitor could easily spend the day perusing the area. Get the day

started with a delicious home-style breakfast

at Otto’s, Harry’s Café or Bob’s Grill. Then shop ‘til you drop at Bud’s Jewelry, Jock’s Nitch

Sporting Goods, the Little Shop of Flowers,

Rosa Bella, The Home Place, Finishing Touch and many more. Don’t forget to grab a tasty

treat at Celebrations by Lori or Sweet Designs

Cakery. Downtown Pittsburg also has a vibrant nightlife with a variety of social opportunities at The Break, 505, Fifth Street Bar and Grill,

Girard features a healthy mix of unique shops shop for fine Swiss-made watches at John’s

Jewelry, flowers and gifts at The Painted Daisy, car products at Breneman Auto Parts or Napa,

or get a new look at one of the six barbershops and hair salons.

Shopping Guide: Audacious Boutique 511 N. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 308-6086

Embellish Boutique 514 N. Joplin St.

The Home Place

Meadowbrook Mall

(620) 308-6800

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Featuring over 220,000 square feet of shopping

2702 N. Joplin

McCarthy’s Pub, TJ Leland’s or The Brickyard Grill.

opportunities, Meadowbrook Mall is the

premier shopping destination in Southeast

Kansas. Featuring nationally known retailers such as JC Penney, Maurices, Bath and Body

Works, Goody’s and GNC. Meadowbrook Mall is also home to two local dining favorites in Café

del Rio and The Mall Deli. Other notable tenants include Westco Home Furnishings, Comeau

Jewelry, Regis Hair Salon and Hibbett Sports.

For entertainment, Meadowbrook Mall features the newly remodeled Pittsburg 8 Theatre.

Pittsburg, KS 66762

616 N. Broadway

Extremely Outrageous Creations

(620) 231-5440

818 E. 4th Street

Gorilla Country

(620) 231-4545

(620) 231-0977 104 E. Kansas

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 308-5128

Anchored by The Home Depot and Walmart,

markets that gather a wide

a great day of shopping at Chili’s, Applebees,

Jenny’s Flower Shoppe 220 N. Carbon

Girard, KS 66743 (620) 724-6336

Crawford County offers a diverse selection of Farmers

shopping and dining choices. Get fueled up for

Pittsburg, KS 66762

Crafty

Pittsburg North

Pittsburg’s north end features a variety of

In The Garden

Pittsburg, KS 66762

variety of locally grown produce, hand made products, and one of a kind crafts!

Oriental Star or El Charro. Or, just grab a

boost of energy at Starbucks. Then enjoy your shopping trip with stops at Cato, The Shoe Department, Big Lots, Payless Shoes and many more.

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The Little Shop of Flowers 801 N. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 231-2400

Serendipity Vintage Finds and Collectibles 214 S. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 404-5080

The Painted Daisy 100 S. Ozark Suite B Girard, KS 66743 (620) 724-7499

Paradise Mall Antiques and Collectibles 105 South Broadway Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-6956

Past Time Antiques and Collectibles 4030 Parkview Drive Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 230-0342 Rosa Bella

502 N. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 231-2081

WELCOME TO

UNIVERSITY BANK branch GNB

620-231-4200

www.ubpittsburg.com

Saturday Morning 109 S. Summit

Girard, KS 66743 (620) 762-0161

Silvercreek Antique Mall 269 E. 47 Hwy.

Girard, KS 66743 (620) 724-6781

Strawberry Moon

888-675-8223

www.gn-bank.com

Visit us at any of our locations... The Girard National Bank Bucklin National Bank Clay County National Bank Hiawatha National Bank Holton National Bank Horton National Bank

211 N. Broadway

Pittsburg, KS 66762 (620) 232-1155

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Kiowa County National Bank Offerle National Bank University Bank Valley National Bank Wetmore National Bank Yates Center Branch Bank

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