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Upcoming Events

PSU Opera Theatre presents Gilbert and Sullivan’s H.M.S Pinafore

5 Feb 2023
15:00 PM Bicknell Family Center for the Arts, Pittsburg
Posted on behalf of Pittsburg State University PSU Opera Theatre will take audiences to the open seas on Feb. 3…

Exhibit features portraits of superstars

6 Feb 2023
9:00 AM Bicknell Family Center for the Arts
An exhibit by celebrated photographers open Monday, February 6 at the Bicknell Family Center for the Arts at Pittsburg State University, 1711 S. Homer.   Images from…

Miners Hall Museum quarterly exhibit: Of Money and Metals: Doing Business in the Mining Era

19 Feb 2023
14:00 PM Miners Hall Museum, Franklin
From Miners Hall Museum January 2— March 25, 2023 Join us as we begin 2023 with our first quarterly exhibit.…

What else is going on?

Six school districts, a small college, and several old mining towns mean there's something going on for everyone nearly every weekend in Crawford County, Kansas, if you know where to look. Festivals, theater productions, local and occasionally nationally known musicians and comedians, sports, and more.

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There's always something going on in Crawford County, Kansas, you just have to know where to look. This county of 40,000 people is made up of 13 communities, including one…
May 1, 2022

Gus the Gorilla explores Southeast Kansas coloring book

Join the Pittsburg State mascot, Gus the Gorilla, as he explores Pittsburg and surrounding communities. Learn about attractions, parks, and how PSU became the Gorillas. Pick up a copy at…
January 1, 2022

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A FREE guide with tips on where to drink, eat, play, stay & get cool photos. Includes a convenient breakdown of what's at area parks, while also telling the stories…
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Our Stories

Myth Or Fact?: Diamonds Are Made From Coal

Originally posted February 13, 2017 Southeast Kansas and, in particular, Crawford County have a strong…

World Radio Day (2/13): Making (radio) waves in Crawford County at KKOW

Originally posted February 12, 2017 to celebrate World Radio Day on February 13 Today a…

Growing Businesses Find Fertile Ground in Crawford County

Originally posted February 10, 2017 Many people associate Crawford County with the best of the…

What We're Known For

Graduation selfie with giant bronze gorilla statue

Gorilla Capital of the World

What started as a pep club in 1920, then became the nation's only college with a gorilla as its mascot, has now grown into a phenomenon. There are THOUSANDS of…

Plan a Bucket List Trip to Pittsburg

We asked travel blogger Vanessa Whiteside, of One Delightful Life, to visit Pittsburg, take a look around town, and let us know how her day went and what some of…

Fried chicken paradise

National Fried Chicken Day is held yearly on July 6th. Since the 1930’s travelers have asked why fried chicken is so popular in the Southeast Kansas region. It’s a story…

Our Story

Extreme Southeast Kansas once looked like the rest of the state. Coal, ink, and booze changed that. There were prairies and farms as far as the eye could see. The…

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Inside Scoop

  • The Black House
    by Brett Dalton

     The interview had ended, and it was time to take a few pictures. “By the way, don’t take photos of the outside.” Why not? “I don’t want […]

  • Root Coffeehouse
    by Brett Dalton

    He has a biology degree and spent a good chunk of his career in public education. So of course Brad Stefanoni now runs a coffeehouse downtown. 

  • The Meat Shed
    by Brett Dalton

    No pigs in the house. That was his wife’s only rule once he decided to try this. “So we built the first shop out in the garage,” said Matt DeMoss, […]