General County Information

County Seat: McAlester

Pittsburg County was created at statehood from Tobucksy County in the Choctaw Nation, Indian Territory. The new county took its name from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. Perryville, which no longer exists, was the place in Tobucksy County that court was held and elections were designated to take place. It was located a few miles south of present-day McAlester and was also an important military post and depot for Confederate forces. In September of 1863, Perryville was burned to the ground by Union troops. The largest city and the county seat of Pittsburg County is McAlester, which was originally developed as a rail center for the coal mining industry. Today, it is also the site of the Oklahoma State Penitentiary. Agriculture is an important factor in the present-day economy of Pittsburg County. Peanuts, cotton, wheat, oats, and soybeans are among the major crops grown. McAlester Union Stockyard, which is one of the largest in the Southwest, and a large Army Ammunition Plant are also vital to the county. Krebs is the largest Italian community in Oklahoma and is known for its fine food.

State District Court Information
Favorability to Defendant: 5
Ratings Guide: 1=Extremely Favorable 2=Moderately Favorable 3=Neutral 4=Moderately Unfavorable 5=Extremely Unfavorable

State Court Judges:
Mindy Beare, Tim Mills, Mike Hogan

Usually okay, but must be careful who Plaintiff attorney is in the case. *** [Please contact Steve Holden for further information.]

General Court Information: http://www.oscn.net/applications/oscn/start.asp?viewType=COUNTYINFO&county=PITTSBURG
Search Court Cases: http://www.odcr.com/

Notable Verdicts

Morelaw is a free reporting service that plaintiff and defense lawyers use. So, it is not necessarily a representative cross-section of verdicts. In our opinion, the plaintiff's bar reports favorable outcomes more frequently than the defense bar reports favorable outcomes. www.morelaw.com

Date: 08/16/00
Case Style: Lordahl v. Gibson and Mid-Continent Casualty Company
Judge: Bartheld
Outcome: $14,000
Description: Automobile/pedestrian accident.

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Employment Information

Unemployment Rate:
December 2016: 6.2%
December 2015: 5.2%
December 2014: 5.1%
December 2013: 7.0%
December 2012: 7.0%
December 2011: 7.4%
December 2010: 7.9%

Major Employers:
Although Pittsburg county was originally noted for its coal production, agriculture has long been important to the county economy. Just after statehood, farmers controlled 20 percent of the county's land area. The most important cash crops were corn and cotton. By 1960, sorghum had become the most important crop. In 2000, wheat had become the top crop. Manufacturing became significant when the U.S. Navy built an ammunition depot at McAlester during World War II. It employed 8,000 people in 1945. The U.S. Army took over the facility in 1977. The Corps of Engineers built Eufaula Lake between 1956 and 1964, which brought tourism, land development and a major source of hydroelectric power.

Demographic Information

Housing Units:

State Total: 1,711,453
County Total: 22,929

Poverty Populations:
State: 16.1%
County: 17.0%

Median Household Income:
State: $48,568
County: $42,576

State: 3,923,561
County: 44,961