Nestled in the Piney Woods area of Northeast Texas, Pittsburg is a laid back town full of charm. Pittsburg is located just 128 miles east of Dallas and only a 2 hour drive out I-30 E.
Step back in time to a Main Street reminiscent of the TV sitcom; Mayberry R.F.D, where you can find quality antique shops, clothing, crafts, restaurants and a 1950’s style soda fountain.
Towering over the town is the famous 75-foot-tall prayer tower and chapel with Paccard bells from France that chime beautiful melodies every hour. The Witness Park and Prayer Tower is open all the time and houses four stunning stained glass windows depicting the life of Jesus.
While you are in Pittsburg, be sure to make a visit to the Northeast Texas Rural Museum Complex, located on two sites that are within easy walking distance of each other. Hours are: Thursday, Friday and Saturday each week from 10 a.m. until 4 p.m. Admission-$4.00 for adults, $2.00 for students 12-17.
The Farmstead Museum: A turn-of-the-century farmstead, complete with the 100-year-old house, barn and smoke-house. The house is furnished with period antiques and tours are led by descendants in period costumes. There are several exhibits including a garden with demonstrations showing how life was back in the 1800’s.
206 Mt. Pleasant Street-Phone:903-856-6614
The Cotton Belt Depot: The Depot dates back from 1901 and houses five exhibit areas featuring the first 10,000 years of settlement in Northeast Texas including archeological native American artifacts. One exhibit houses antique autos, tractors, boat motors and farm equipment. Another exhibit includes an 1890’s steam engine, and a 1925 restored American LaFrance fire truck. Other exhibits focus on Women, Commerce, Industry, and Communications.
204 W. Marshall-Phone:903-856-0463
The Ezekiel Airship: In 1902, the year before the Wright brothers flew their plane, a Baptist minister by the name of Rev. Cannon, invented the Ezekiel Airship that did not receive much notoriety, however, the museum features the full-scale replica of the aircraft and various documentation surrounding its history.
Located in the Cotton Belt Depot.
Pittsburg is also home to several wineries which produce award winning Texas wines. Stop by, take a tour and have a taste in the fresh country air. The wineries are included on the Piney Woods Wine Trail which include 17 wineries to visit along the Trail.
Los Pinos Ranch Vineyards: Producers of a variety of both sweet and dry wines including Chardonnay and Cabernet Sauvignons all priced under $20 a bottle. Live Jazz every Friday and Saturday evening is offered for free. There are also two lovely Tuscan style cottages available for rent on the property.
The Vineyards are open to tours, tastings and tapas every weekend; Friday-Saturday from noon- 11 p.m., Sunday Noon-6 p.m.
658 County Road 1334 – Phone:903-855-1769
St. Rose Vineyard and Winery: Produces award winning dry and sweet wine varieties.
Tasting Room Hours: Saturday 12-5
2170 CR 4110 – Phone:903-856-2067
There are several lakes and state parks in the Pittsburg area, one of which is
Lake Bob Sandlin State Park: The lake comprises of 9400-acres and is surrounded by a 639.8-acre park located on the heavily-wooded shoreline. The lake boasts some of the best Bass fishing in the area.
Being that Pittsburg is the home to Pilgrims Pride Chicken, every September they block off the streets for a big festival called ChickFest in its honor featuring live music, dancing, parades and many vendor and food booths. This year’s ChickFest will be held on September 17, 2011.
You might enjoy making Pittsburg a “Pit-stop” for a few days while you travel around the wine trail. There are quite a few lovely Bed and Breakfasts in the area that will make your “Daycation/Staycation” even more memorable! The Los Pinos Ranch Website has great information for accommodations and the area in general: