Pittsburg county is located in southeastern Oklahoma with McAlester, named for merchant and entrepeneur Col. J.J. McAlester, serving as the county seat. After the Civil War, McAlester located the first outcroppings of coal in the area and was influential in bringing the railroad through Bucklucksy--later to become McAlester.
The Canadian River forms the entire northern boundary with Hughes County and McIntosh County on its journey east to join the Arkansas River. Other major waterways are Eufaula Lake, of which about half is located in the county, and Lake McAlester which lies just east of the Indian Nation Turnpike.
The major employer in the county is the U.S. Army Ammunition Plant southwest of McAlester. It utilizes about 1,200 workers.
Some historical sites in the county include the McAlester House on E. Smith Av. and the Canadian Jail and Livery Stable in Canadian.
The county population on July 1, 1999, was 43,472, an increase of 2,522 over the 1990 census.
Other Oklahoma Counties nearby:
(Coalgate) Coal County
(Stigler) Haskell County
(Holdenville) Hughes County
(Wilburton) Latimer County
(Euraula) McIntosh County
(Okemah) Okfuskee County
04/13 Coming to The McAlester area
National Poultry Festival Rogers AR June14-15 In addition to a music concert, the weekend events includes a golf tournament, fishing tournament, skeet shoot, horseshoe tournament, ladies luncheon, motorcycle rally, kids’ activities, ice cream socials, a barbecue cooking contest, and a barbecue fair where delicious food can be sampled.
Tulsa Greek Festival Tulsa OK September19-21 Build your own Greek dinner, enjoy some Greek desserts, buy a Greek cookbook with an area flavor, and imagine the sights, sounds, and smells of Mediterranean life.
Greater Pittsburgh Renaissance Festival West Newton PA August24-September29 Jousters will compete in the Jousting Arena, while the smallest of the kingdom can enjoy their time in the New Children's Realm. Also a Pirate’s Pub and a New upscale Crafts Marketplace. Weekends only.
Arkansas Apple Festival Lincoln AR October4-6 The centerpiece of the festival is the unequalled variety of arts and crafts, featuring works of some of the most talented artisans in the Ozarks. One of the highlights of the Arkansas Apple Festival is the Apple Core Throwing Contest, a test of strength, accuracy, aerodynamics, and just plain luck.