The Oklahoma City Thunder is the state's only major professional sports team. The team, which plays in the National Basketball Association (NBA), has had many successful seasons and is a source of pride for Oklahoma sports fans.

Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, located in the southeastern part of the state, has a rich and diverse history influenced by various cultures and industries. The area was originally home to Native American tribes, including the Choctaw and Chickasaw nations, who were forcibly relocated to the region during the Indian Removal Act in the 1830s.

The county was officially established in 1907, the same year as Oklahoma gained statehood. It was named after the city of Pittsburgh in Pennsylvania, a major center of the steel industry that played a significant role in the economic development of the area.

One of the major industries in the county was coal mining, which began in the late 19th century and thrived until the mid-20th century. The abundance of coal in the region attracted numerous mining companies and immigrant workers from Europe, particularly from Italy and Eastern Europe. The growth of the coal industry led to the establishment of numerous coal towns and the rapid urbanization of the area.

In the early 1900s, the county also experienced a boom in natural gas production, providing energy for both local industries and the state. This, coupled with the growth of the coal and railroad industries, led to Pittsburg County becoming a major economic hub in southeastern Oklahoma.

Today, Pittsburg County continues to be influenced by its diverse cultural heritage and historic industries. While the coal and natural gas industries have declined in recent years, the county has shifted its focus to other economic sectors such as healthcare, education, and tourism. The area offers a blend of natural beauty, historical sites, and opportunities for economic development, making it an important part of Oklahoma's history and future.

  • 1850: Pittsburg County area inhabited by Choctaw Nation
  • 1890: Land run attracts European American settlers
  • 1907: Oklahoma declared state; Pittsburg County established
  • 1910s: Coal mining industry grows rapidly
  • 1920: Completion of railroad line boosts economy
  • 1930s: Great Depression impacts coal mining industry
  • 1940s: World War II brings economic growth to the county
  • 1950s-1960s: Highways built for better transportation
  • 1970s: Decline in coal mining industry
  • 1980s-1990s: Diversification of economy; growth in healthcare and manufacturing sectors
  • 2000s: Focus on eco-tourism and outdoor recreation as an economic driver