The earliest inhabitants of the Pittsburg/Camp County area were the Caddo Indians, who lived here a 1000 years before the arrival of settlers. In the 1830s, pioneers began arriving in Northeast Texas and by 1850, many families from Georgia, Tennessee and Alabama were living in what was then Upshur County.
H. Pitts came to Texas in 1854, and the following year settled on a tract of land, most of which is now comprised within the corporate limits of the town bearing his name. “Major” Pitts, as he is now called, was then a young, vigorous man full of hope. He came to Texas to make his home. His first move was to secure title to enough land to begin a farm, and immediately upon locating land, he bought a tract of 200 acres, put up his primitive log cabin and started a “clearing.” Growing as the county grew, his original patch in the woods spread out until he was the owner of many acres, and a large and prosperous farmer. The town of Pittsburg sprang up, starting, as most country towns, a mere crossroads place, but grew in importance until a regularly laid out settlement with a name became necessary. And taking the name from a prominent settler, it became Pittsburg.
Today, Pittsburg is known for its family environment with strong moral values and the dedication to excellence.
Residents and business owners are building Pittsburg into a popular destination for day trips and weekend.overnight stays.
Our little town offers some wonderful downtown shopping. Beautiful Bob Sandlin Lake and state park is only 10 minutes away. Just outside of town is Los Pinos Vineyards and Winery. Downtown, in a rescued historic building is Anvil Brewing, a rustic, laid back brew pub and restaurant. The building is the Pittsburg Feed & Seed Dance Hall, a modern twist on the traditional Texas honky-tonk dance halls.
Pittsburg is know for Texas peaches! Several orchards offer fresh peaches, peach ice cream, and local produce in season.
Whatever you want in a weekend getaway or a quick day trip, Pittsburg is likely to fill the bill!