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Krebs is a city in Pittsburg County, Oklahoma, United States. The population was 2,053 at the 2010 census, a slight increase from 2,051 at the 2000 census. Its nickname is "Little Italy." It was founded before Oklahoma statehood as a coal mining town in the Choctaw Nation of Indian Territory.HistoryKrebs was founded in the late 1800s and the first post office was established in 1886. It began as a coal-mining camp housing European immigrants who came to work coal mines in the surrounding area. The town is named after Judge Edmond Folsom Krebs (1821-1893). Judge Krebs was born of mixed German and Choctaw ancestry in Winston County, Mississippi and served the Choctaw Nation as a judge in McAlester, Indian Territory.1892 mining explosionAn explosion in the Osage Coal & Mining Company’s No. 11 mine on January 7, 1892 killed about 100 workers and injured another 150, but mining continued to prosper. By 1895, there were 15 mines operating nearby. The first local of the United Mine Workers in Indian Territory was founded in the town in 1898. Krebs was linked to McAlester by the Choctaw Railway and Lighting Company interurban railroad.Early KrebsKrebs was incorporated in the Choctaw Nation in 1903, with Mel D. Reed elected as the first mayor and Bob Miller as the first chief of police. The current St. Joseph's Catholic Church was constructed in 1903. It and an opera house were the first two brick buildings in town. An earlier church and the first opera house, both built of wood, had previously burned down.
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