Crawford County (Girard & Pittsburg)

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Along an old military trail and old Jefferson Highway, Crawford County is the home of the nation’s only gorilla mascot, the Chicken Wars, Kansas Crossing Casino, and a retired Moving Wall.

Outdoor enthusiasts have recreational opportunities in a habitat unlike anywhere else in the state: old mining pits returned to nature throughout numerous Mined Land Wildlife Areas. Crawford State Park is one of the state’s oldest man-made lakes, while Bone Creek Reservoir is one of the youngest.

A women’s protest (“Amazon Army) and publications based in the area forced changes for worker rights. That pioneer, coal miner and bootlegger spirit is on display at Crawford County Historical Museum, Girard History Museum and Miners Hall Museum, and celebrated at numerous annual festivals including Little Balkans Days.