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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Picher, Oklahoma

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.

 

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These hills are are piles of slag, left overs of the extensive mining.

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Wandering Iris Tuesday Pik – Chillicothe, Missouri

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Wall mural in Chillicothe, Missouri

The very first loaf of pre-sliced bread was sold on July 7, 1928 in Chillicothe, Missouri.

Otto Frederick Rohwedder, from Davenport, Iowa, invented the Rohwedder Bread Slicer in 1912.  Bakeries in and around Iowa would not buy his machine because they felt the bread would go stale too soon.  He kept working on his invention.  In 1928 he convinced a baker in Chillicothe Missouri that if the sliced bread was wrapped in waxed paper it would stay fresher.  Customers loved the idea of buying sliced bread and he soon sold out.  Pre-sliced bread became a household staple when in 1930 Wonder Bread began to commercially produce pre-sliced loaves of bread.