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Picher is a ghost town and former city in Ottawa County, Oklahoma, United States. This was a major national center of lead and zinc mining at the heart of the Tri-State Mining District. More than a century of unrestricted subsurface excavation dangerously undermined most of Picher's town buildings and left giant piles of toxic metal-contaminated mine tailings (known as chat) heaped throughout the area. The discovery of the cave-in risks, groundwater contamination, and health effects associated with the chat piles and subsurface shafts resulted in the site being included in 1980 in the Tar Creek Superfund Site by the US Environmental Protection Agency. The state collaborated on mitigation and remediation measures, but a 1996 study found that 34% of the children in Picher suffered from lead poisoning due to these environmental effects, which could result in lifelong neurological problems. Eventually the EPA and the state of Oklahoma agreed to a mandatory evacuation and buyout of the entire township. The similarly contaminated satellite towns of Treece, Kansas and Cardin, Oklahoma were included in the Tar Creek Superfund site. A 2006 Army Corps of Engineers study showed 86% of Picher's buildings (including the town school) were badly undermined and subject to collapse at any time. The destruction of 150 homes by an F4 tornado in May 2008 accelerated the exodus. On September 1, 2009, the state of Oklahoma officially dis-incorporated the city of Picher, which ceased official operations on that day. The population plummeted from 1,640 at the 2000 census to 20 at the 2010 census. As of January 2011, only six homes and one business remain, their owners having refused to leave at any price. Except for some historic structures, the rest of the town's buildings were scheduled to be demolished by the end of the year. One of the last buildings, which had housed the former Picher mining museum was destroyed by arson in April 2015. Fortunately, its historical archives and artifacts had previously been shipped elsewhere. Picher is among a small number of locations in the world (such as Gilman, Colorado, Centralia, Pennsylvania, and Wittenoom, Western Australia) to be evacuated and declared uninhabitable due to environmental and health damage caused by the mines the town once serviced. The closest towns to Picher, other than nearby Cardin, Treece and Douthat, are Commerce, Quapaw (the headquarters of the nation by that name) and Miami, Oklahoma.


Picher in United States offers a unique experience to travellers. Picher is located at a short trip away from Muskogee a major city in United States. Take a short trip from Picher and set some time aside to explore the Muskogee. Dotted with places like Silver Dollar City, Sight And Sound Theatres, Titanic Museum; it will definitely be a good idea. If you want to fly to the destination, you can choose the nearest major airport to take a flight. The nearest major airport is Muskogee Regional Medical Center Heliport. Get in the character of the city, this city requires at least of 1 to 2 number of days of exploration.

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Facts and Stats for Picher*

  • Pollution Statistics in Picher

    Know the pollution level of Picher before you plan your visit.

    • Air Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Water Pollution 25 (Low)
    • Noise and Light Pollution 58.33 (Moderate)
    • Unattended dirt and garbage 50 (Moderate)
    • Drinking Water Pollution and Inaccessibility 33.33 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Garbage Disposal 25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction to Spend Time in the City 31.25 (Low)
    • Dissatisfaction with Green zones and parks 8.33 (Very Low)
  • Picher: Crime and Safety

    How safe is Picher for tourists? Understand risks and safety concerns that can hamper your travel experience in Picher.

    • Burglary and Theft 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Mugging and Robbery 39.29 (Low)
    • Assault and Armed Robbery 20.83 (Low)
    • Corruption and Bribery 39.29 (Low)
    • Car Stealing 39.29 (Low)
    • Robbery of Car belongings 75 (High)
    • Attacks 16.67 (Very Low)
    • Drug offense 57.14 (Moderate)
    • Safety walking alone during daylight 85.71 (Very High)
    • Safety walking alone during night 67.86 (High)
    • Insulting and offensive behaviour 50 (Moderate)
    • Hate crime due to Racism, Religion, ethnic origin 21.43 (Low)
    • Property crimes and Vandalism 60.71 (High)
  • Living in Picher - Quality of Life

    • Safety Index 58.37 (Moderate)
    • Climate Index 74.8 (High)
    • Pollution Index 34.2 (Low)
    • Traffic Commute Time Index 32.5 (Low)
    • Health Care Index 50.93 (Moderate)
    • Property Price to Income Ratio 2.48 (Very Low)
    • Indices such as Quality of life, Climate & Healthcare index are good to be high whereas others such as Property price, Traffic & Cost of living Index are good to be low.

  • Cost for Essentials in Picher

    Here's how much it will cost to shop in Picher

    • Local calling per minute on Prepaid mobile 0.1 USD
    • International Movie per seat 11.5 USD
    • Summer clothing in a chain store 26.67 USD
    • Pair of Basic Nike Shoes 70 USD
    • Pair of Basic Levis Jeans 35 USD

*Stats and figures mentioned are crowd-sourced ​and subjected to change without notice.

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