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Discussion in 'Photos' started by GettinDirty83, May 8, 2015.
Good stuff in this thread: http://advrider.com/index.php?threa...-picher-ok-most-toxic-city-in-the-us.1015940/
That's where I first heard of it. If I'm ever in the general area, I'd like to ride thru there.
I just read the RR, sounds eerily like Chernobyl. So they have marshals to keep people off the chat / tailings piles, but tornados and winds in general blow that toxic mess all over creation, go figure.
Rio Puerco bridge, old route 66.
Old Oklahoma State Highway 33, cut in two by a new turnpike about thirty years ago.
A favorite spot about 5 minutes from my front door. Haven't been able to find any historical records of what road it used to be.
There's a documentary on Netflix called Tar Creek that documents what happened and how screwed up the .gov's attempt to fix it was. It became a superfund site, which essentially means the .gov poured millions of dollars into it and its still uninhabitable. There's a number of them in the US, sadly.
Singin' to the choir, I've lost count of the number of Super Fund Sites within 30 miles of my house, in HouTex, where the gardens glow.
We ride through the Tar Creek/Picher area occasionally.
I lived in OK (Edmond/Guthrie area) for 12 years and had never heard of Picher until I moved to CO and was prepping for a class I taught on Environmental Regulations.
I'm pretty amazed at the number of abandoned roads in OK, obviously I should have gone further NE.
an abandoned road to Las Majadas (Spain)
I never went but I remember back in the 70's and 80's, people would go up there to ride their dirt bikes on the chat piles.
Old Hwy. 51, Mannford, Oklahoma. Abandoned with the construction of Lake Keystone in the 60's.
Abandoned road to a closed recreation area, Keystone Lake, Oklahoma.
Old Oklahoma Highway 64. Abandoned with the construction of Lake Keystone in the 60's.
The old Clinton Yukon asbestos mine