Pittsburg is one of several Northeast Texas communities planning for April 8. That is the date of the next total solar eclipse that will last three and a half minutes, bringing an influx of those on Earth interested in viewing the once-in-a-lifetime event. The next occurrence will be 3000. It begins Monday, April 8 at 12:26 pm, the maximum eclipse is 1:45 pm and ends at 3:05 pm.
Mayor David Abernathy held Pittsburg’s second planning meeting Wednesday morning. His main concern is that so many people could come to Pittsburg and Camp County to witness the eclipse that their use of cellular phones could overload the cellular networks. Fuel and commodity demands could also be issues. Mayor Abernathy says that other communities who have hosted eclipse crowds underestimated them by half.