Pittsburg is a town in Coos County, New Hampshire, United States. The population was 869 at the 2010 census. It is the northernmost town in New Hampshire and the largest town by area in the state – and in New England as well – more than twice the size of the next largest town, Lincoln. U.S. Route 3 is the only major highway in the town, although the northern terminus of New Hampshire Route 145 also lies within Pittsburg.
Pittsburg derives its name from , Prime Minister of the United Kingdom. Prior to its incorporation in 1840, the area was settled ca 1810 and known as the Territory of Indian Stream. It had the unique distinction of having been its own microstate briefly during the 1830s, called the Republic of Indian Stream, due to an ambiguous boundary between the United States and Canada.
Pittsburg is the northernmost New Hampshire municipality. It shares an international border with Québec province, Canadato its west and north, and borders the states of Maine (to the east) and Vermont (a very small portion to the southwest). Directly to the south is Clarksville. Pittsburg is the only New Hampshire municipality to border Canada, the only one that borders both Maine and Vermont, and the only one to share a land border with Vermont. Pittsburg contains the only part of New Hampshire west of the Connecticut River, as that river defines the Vermont state line from Clarksville southward. New Hampshire's only Canadian border crossing is located at the northern end of town at the terminus of U.S. Route 3. The western edge of Pittsburg is defined by Halls Stream, being the "northwesternmost headwaters of the Connecticut River", which defined (ambiguously) the border in the Treaty of Paris of 1783.
Contained within the boundaries of Pittsburg are the Connecticut Lakes, which form the beginning of the Connecticut River. Pittsburg also contains the communities of Happy Corner, Idlewilde, and The Glen. Early maps (e.g. 1854) also show several grants that were incorporated into the eastern edge of Pittsburg, including Carlisle No. 1, Webster/Carlisle No. 2 and Hubbards No. 3, all north of Atkinson and Gilmanton Academy Grant.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 291.2 square miles (754 km2), the largest of any municipality incorporated as a town in New England. 281.4 square miles (729 km2) of it is land and 9.8 square miles (25 km2) of it is water, comprising 3.37% of the town.
The highest point in Pittsburg is the summit of Stub Hill, at 3,627 feet (1,106 m) above sea level. Magalloway Mountain, 3,383 feet (1,031 m) above sea level, is a prominent summit reachable by hiking trail.
Town of Pittsburg NH Contacts
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A Look at Yesteryear in Pittsburg NH
Excerpts from "Town Clerk and Personal Records 1906-1920 by
November 24, 1906 Billy Huggins had a fight with Albion Aldrich, he gave him a licking.
December 29, 1906 Bill Chapple Paid his taxes .41 cents
January 17, 1907 -50 degrees at Farnhams. -55 degrees in Colebrook
February 23, 1907 Sold 5# sugar for .30 cents, 4# salt pork for .40 cents
April 3, 1907 Henry Terrill got drunk on rum at Bessie Heath’s.
April 5, 1907 Whit Terrill sobered up.
April 6, 1907 Henry Terrill sobered up.
April 25, 1907 Started log drive on Indian Stream
May 11, 1907 Sold cow to H. Cross for $40.00
July 30, 1907 Sent by stage, full bottle if gin- $1.25, 10 cents for stage
August 22, 1907 Johnnie, & Jamie Gradie was up to lawn party with E. Washburn and Laura Wheeler, stayed out until 12 o’clock. Lizzie Wheeler was some mad.
October 25, 1907 Jack, the tramp, was killed by some dirty sneak.
January 26, 1910 Saw the comet with the long tail.
July 14, 1910 Dr. WW Kerr run over Pat Gray with his auto. He dragged Gray 72 feet before stopping. Pat had been taking something.
September 3, 1910 James Bacon took Lucy Towle down to the county to serve 60 days for selling liquor.
October 12, 1910 Ned Towle was drunk last night and George Hilliard ran over him with a 4 horse team. Hurt him quite bad.
June 30, 1912 Hard frost killed the potatoes.
December 29, 1912 Bought a deer from Frank Baldwin for $3.00
February 6, 1914 Albert Coats built his fire at 4 am was dead at 5 am.
March 23, 1914 Maggie Browns horse ran away and jumped in the river by Scott Lords.
July 26, 1914 Fred Brown wanted me to go to the town office to let him see the letter his wife wrote to Fred Chapple.
August 4, 1914 Fred Brown killed his wife with a flatiron at Kidderville.
December 15, 1917 Electric lights started today.
Businesses are very important to the town of Pittsburg. Our businesses provide employment for our residents, support town activities, support our school sports and provide hospitality to Pittsburg's many visitors.
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The Pittsburg Historical Society was formed in early 1982 and meets at the Town Hall Historical Museum.
The Historical Society meets on the fourth Wednesday of the month.
6:30 p.m. business meeting followed at 7:00 p.m. with presentations from June through September at the Town Hall Museum on Main Street. All are welcome to attend.
There are monthly programs on a variety of topics of local interest, and you do not need to be a member to attend.
Membership in the Society is only $5.00 a year for individuals and $10 a year for families.
Lifetime Membership is $50.
If you have an interest in history, you will enjoy attending our meetings.
Saturday 1-3 pm in July and August
Also open 1-3 pm on Old Home Day and Moose Festival. If you see the flag flying outside the building the museum is open, please stop in.