Friday, May 7, 2010

Picher, Oklahoma: Entering town

Picher, Oklahoma was once a booming town as a central mining location for zinc and lead. In 1967 the mines shut down, yet the contaminated water and mountains of chat piles both containing the lead and zinc scheduled the town to be relocated beginning in 2006. In 2008 a tornado struck the town destroying much of what still remained including the homes of those still residing there.

In its peak, Picher had a population of over 14,000. Today's population is now zero.

Over the next few series of blogs, I will photo document my journey into this ghost town as I explore what still remains. Here is just the outskirt rim of the town, before making my way into the residential area.

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