In presenting our first Directory of Pittsburg to its
patrons, we do so believing that we have subserved
their best interests in the way of hastening two very
important features, viz: A thorough system of numbers
for their houses and the possibility of an early free
mail delivery; without either of which delays and inconveniences
would naturally follow in the paths of her progressive
business men. On the other had we hope our efforts
are duly appreciated by our patrons whom we have especially
endeavored to please in this work.
Pittsburg at the present time stands at the head
of all growing and prosperous towns in Kansas. She
leads the van in the way of manufactories—in natural
resources—coal, zinc, iron and timber. Her
zinc smelters are the largest in the world, giving
steady employment to more men than any other three
cities in the state. Her record for 1889, which is
as follows, goes a long way to sustain our assertion:
Her zinc output was 26,400,000 pounds; coal output,
1,320,000 tons; men employed, 3,000; wages paid,
$1,500,000. The great inducements which bring manufactories
to Pittsburg are, coal at 40 cents per ton, and a
hundred thousand dollars in the hands of the Board
of Trade, which is composed of all the leading business
men in the city. Much has also been done for the
city by those staunch and liberal money marts, The
First National Bank and The National Bank of Pittsburg.
Her new institutions for the year 1890, many of which are already completed,
are two more zinc smelting works, with a capital of $2,000,000 each, giving employment
to 250 more men, and making Pittsburg the largest zinc smelting city in the world;
sash, door and blind manufactory, with a capital of $30,000, giving employment
to 76 men; implement works, with a capital of $50,000, employing 30 men; steam
boiler works, employing 25 men; the Hotel Stilwell, with 250 elegantly furnished
rooms; a sewerage system; electric lights; electric street railway and telephone
systems. All these, and many more of which we fail to have a record, are being
rapidly pushed to completion.
Pittsburg has four great railway systems, with an aggregate of 14,000 miles,
and freight rates as low as Kansas City or any competing points, giving her a
ready market in all directions for all kinds of manufactured goods, in a large
section of tributary country, which is beyond the possibility of cheap manufacturing.
Fine quarries of limestone and sandstone have been opened almost within the city
limits, and the annual shipments to other points amount to hundreds of carloads
over and above those used for home consumption. In a commercial way the city
has a solid street of business houses extending along Broadway for six squares,
besides the offshoots and parallel streets. She has several mercantile houses
which do an enormous aggregate business annually.
In the midst of her prosperity the schools and churches
have by no means been neglected. Three elegant brick
schoolhouses tower proudly over the city, together
with handsome and well-attended and well-supported
churches in every direction. Her business college
and conservatory of music—though a new institution—is
in a prosperous condition under the management of
that veteran educator, Prof. D. H. Snoke. The stranger
who visits Pittsburg finds everything in keeping
with a growing and prosperous city.
In this, our first edition of the Pittsburg City Directory, we endeavor, first
to please and remunerate those specially interested; second, to furnish the citizens
a Directory creditable to their city, and third, to faithfully carry out our
promise, that, by a continuance of its liberal support, each succeeding issue
may present a marked increase of information in every department. And it has
been our earnest effort, regardless of expense, to make this Directory a perfect
compendium of information, authentic and replete in every detail, and we trust
to have faithfully performed our task.
We will here allude to the difficulty under which some people labor in looking
for the names in a Directory, (especially those unacquainted with its use), as
we desire to avoid unjust censure at their hands.
It must be remembered that all names are arranged
in strictly alphabetical order according to the manner
in which they are spelled, instead of their pronunciation;
therefore in looking for a name spelled Byrnes, remember
it may not be found on the same page with those spelled
Burns; or Cane, Kain; Crawford, Crofford; Baughan,
Bougham; Riley, Reilly; and many others, too numerous
to mention, although similar in pronunciation, are
yet found on different pages. “To find a
name you must know how to spell it,” We are
confident that, in a majority of cases, you will
find in their proper places, the names of those which
you may be claimed to have been omitted.
We also direct your attention to page 34 of this volume, where will be found
the Addenda, of removals, additions, corrections, etc., received too late for
In conclusion we will state that it is our intention to continue the publication
of Directories of Pittsburg, and we will issue them just as often as they are
of actual necessity, and we only ask patrons that they reserve their support
in our behalf and we shall ever endeavor to merit the same.
To the public generally, who had kindly aided us in collecting names and other
information for the work, we return our acknowledgements; and to our friends
and patrons who have so generously favored us with their advertisements and orders
for copies of the book, we return our sincere thanks, and respectfully dedicate
this Directory of Pittsburg.