About: Exploring Abandoned Picher Oklahoma
Thanks for sharing this. My mother grew up in Picher and my grandmother lived in one of those small "mining shacks". I remember visiting there often. At the time, the chat piles were a source of entertainment for us as we climbed and hiked around them. In the end, Picher is a cautionary tale about extractive industries across the US and around the world.
My home town. It wasn't as bad as portrayed here. During WWll Picher supplied a LARGE portion of the lead needed. It was one of the largest towns. Following the war populations diminished due to supply and demand of lead. Present day the mines flooded causing most of the surface rust and discoloration in tar creek as noted by towns people.
Tailings (chat) blowing lead particles in yards and streets caused elevated lead ppm in developing children. Most that were affected recieved awards from the mining company/trusts for their issues. The EPA farted around sluffing hundreds of millions moving dirt around in what they called soil remediation which didn't work. The source problems (tailing piles) still existed and continued to blow lead particles into town. The buy outs began and slowly the town evacuated much more do after thr F4 but a few are hanging on and probably doing fine.
Picher was a giant play ground. I still look at it the same. I know almost every square inch of the places you videoed. Thanks for taking me back down memory lane although I visit the area some.
Thank you for showing some houses! My family is from there! My mother played on the cad piles and drank that water! She died from a rare brain disorder!
Super depressing to watch. Nice job putting the video together.
Are there any of the 2 story homes still standing?
Thanx for including the explanation at the end. Do those couches count for GeoCouching BTW?
Totally diggin that shot at 2:43
! The crunch sound over those old linoleum tiles is too cool!
Awesome, thanks for the history lesson.