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USA Ghost City of Picher/Cardin Oklahoma

MK17SWL

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This city is one of the best spots I have been and was a blast to explore. I had to go back a second time to cover the whole area; first in September 2018 and again in Late November. Picher Oklahoma was part of the Tri-State mining district, and was deemed contaminated in the late 90's by the EPA. A mass exodus followed and by 2010 the population had reached a mere 20 people, a shadow of what was once home to 9,000 people. Within the next 2 years the last residents were forced to leave and the city became completely abandoned. Although some buildings have been demolished, quite a few areas remain intact in both Picher and Cardin, which is adjacent and also a ghost town. All 3 towns nearby were also abandoned due to contamination from Picher. Today Picher is known as the most toxic city in the United States, and the water in the nearby streams and river is orange and red. Even the birds stay away, and the town is deathly silent. 

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Love a good ghost town. Thanks for sharing
 
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Wow a bona fide ghost town - I bet it was a real blast! I like the mixture of different types of photographs, it really gives a good feel what it's like 

 

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I love the US ghost towns, weird how much of the population move from one place to another.

Are those bullet holes in the truck window ?

 
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