This week is not a happy Pik, but it’s a story that needs to be told. Picher Oklahoma is one of America’s most polluted places and includes the small town of Cardin, 2 miles to the southwest. The pollution is due to the mining of lead and zinc. A study in 1996 showed lead poisoning in 34% of the children in Picher.
To add insult to injury, it was hit by an EF4 tornado in 2008. The last class to graduate from the High School was in 2009. There were 11 students graduating.
Picher and Cardin are now ghost towns. These photos tell the story.
These hills are are piles of slag, left overs of the extensive mining.