An abandoned 'Christian Church' in Picher, Oklahoma, with a handy sign above the door in case you couldn't tell from the architecture. In 1926, Picher had a population over 14,000. By 1930, it was half that. In 2008, about 150 remained.
Picher, Oklahoma Picher started out as a lead and zinc mining field in the early 1900’s. It was the most productive mine in the area. More than the half of lead used in World War I came from the Picher mine. As a result of this heavy mining activity Picher was left with huge environmental problems after mining ceased in 1967. Elevated lead levels in children’s bodies have caused learning disabilities and other problems. Lead and zinc also seeped into the groundwater, pond