If you ask anyone from Nashua to North Conway to describe the town of Pittsburg, they first thing they will tell
you is "It's way up there!" While today the community's main industry is tourism, most people will agree that the town's history was in the lumber and paper industries.
Some may tell their tales of "Moose Alley," the last ten miles of Route 3 before the Canadian border, famous
for its daring moose population.
Surprisingly, for a brief time period, Pittsburg was neither part of Canada or the United States: The
Republic of Indian Stream
was a self-governing republic of 300 people from 1832-35. A result of a
U.S./Canadian border dispute, this "republic" ran its own monetary, judicial and political affairs. The
area was occupied by the New Hampshire militia in 1835, and was renamed and incorporated as the town of
Pittsburg in 1840.
Named in memory of William Pitt, former British Prime Minister, Pittsburg is the largest town in New
Hampshire by area (291 sq. miles), and its northernmost, home of the state's only Canadian border crossing. The
four Connecticut Lakes, covering well over 4,000 acres, are the headwaters of the Connecticut River,
and begin about five miles north of the town center. To connect the land across these bodies of water
are bridges, including the Pittsburg-Clarksville Bridge, built in 1876, which crosses the
Connecticut River just south of U.S. Route 3, one mile west of Pittsburg Village. In Pittsburg's
Happy Corner neighborhood, a 60 foot bridge spans the Perry Stream and is located just off of
U.S. Route 3. It is one of the oldest bridges in northern New Hampshire.
Pittsburg also has a unique school and public library combination: the Bremer Pond Memorial Library sits in the same structure as the school.
Fishing is popular in the town, especially for brook trout, lake trout and salmon. The four Connecticut Lakes, Lake Francis, Back Lake, the Connecticut River and several ponds and bogs all contribute to a very sports fisherman-friendly environment. Do be careful to check the F&G regulations though. These waters have have some fairly nuanced rules.
The town's website calls Pittsburg the "snowmobiling capital of New England." As stated in their
website, "The Pittsburg Ridge Runners Snowmobile Club
has a current membership of over 4,400 who
come from all over the country to enjoy one of the largest and best maintained trail systems
available in the Northeast." It is difficult to find a more enthusiastic
group of snowmobile fans and there are numerous rental opportunities. The town and surrounding area is also the home of a number of all-terrain
vehicle clubs, including Great North Woods Riders ATV Club
Lodging choices abound, including many lakeside properties. Cabins and cottages
are common as well as traditional motels and camp grounds. Lake Francis State Park
also offers campsites.
The only 'fast food' in town is offered at the few convenience stores, but there are some good restaurants including:
Buck Rub Pub
Happy Corner Cafe
Additional restaurants are available in Colebrook
With its combination of history, winter and summer activities, and charming Deep North Woods location,
Pittsburg offers much to the action seeker as well as to those who seek a beautiful place to relax.
► NH Public Access Boating Sites
► Pittsburg Topographic Maps
► NH's Connecticut Lakes Region
Available Pittsburg Bathymetric Maps