Situated at the convergence of the Sacramento and San Joaquin Rivers, Pittsburg has a colorful history and a bright outlook. In the mid-1800s, it was called the New York of the Pacific (and for a time was dubbed New York Landing) and its main industry was fishing. When coal was discovered in the nearby hills, it was renamed Black Diamond. Finally, in the early 1900s, Columbia Geneva Steel opened and the name changed to Pittsburg in recognition of the eastern birthplace of the steel industry. Locals chose to forego the silent “h,” and so the city remains Pittsburg.
Pittsburg was the home of Camp Stoneman, which was the point of debarkation for GIs during World War II and the Korean conflict. The military camp was closed in 1954, and the property incorporated into the City of Pittsburg. The only standing reminder of its rich military history is the chapel, which is in active use by East County Shared Ministry.
Pittsburg is a city on the move, and great strides are being taken to create a vibrant community where residents and businesses can thrive. Old Town redevelopment is well underway, and there is much charm and activity to be found in the dining, creative arts and marina living opportunities. The extension of BART to East Contra Costa County is also underway, including a new station near the Community Center.
The City’s annual Seafood & Music Festival is in its 31st year, and each September attracts thousands of visitors to enjoy fine food, arts and crafts, amusement rides, live entertainment, water races and lots more.
Like many cities, Pittsburg and the adjacent suburb of Bay Point have both enjoyed prosperity and struggled with economic downturns over the years. But the current leadership is determined to maintain Pittsburg as a welcoming community.