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MSNBC reports that six homes and one business remain, even as everything around them is demolished, the final residents insisting that when the Superfund cleanup is complete, Picher will rise again. It’ll take at least thirty years for that to happen, however, since the Tar Creek Superfund Site is just one of four sub-sites within the Tri-State Mining District, all of which continues to contaminate towns throughout Kansas,  Missouri and Oklahoma with toxic runoff.

MSNBC reports that six homes and one business remain, even as everything around them is demolished, the final residents insisting that when the Superfund cleanup is complete, Picher will rise again. It’ll take at least thirty years for that to happen, however, since the Tar Creek Superfund Site is just one of four sub-sites within the Tri-State Mining District, all of which continues to contaminate towns throughout Kansas, Missouri and Oklahoma with toxic runoff.

The east side of Main Street in Barnard, Kansas has not     faired well. Across the street; however, the post office and     a bank are still in business, Kathy Weiser, March, 2009

The east side of Main Street in Barnard, Kansas has not faired well. Across the street; however, the post office and a bank are still in business, Kathy Weiser, March, 2009

Marshall County Kansas  After photographing Surprise School at sunset, I waiting a couple more hours to get a starry night shot with some light painting at the same time.

Marshall County Kansas After photographing Surprise School at sunset, I waiting a couple more hours to get a starry night shot with some light painting at the same time.

The Star-Vue Drive-in theater in Anthony, Kansas entertained countless car-driving patrons from its grand opening in far-off 1950 to the dark day of its closure in 2003. Was setting up a drive-in movie screen in the heart of Tornado Alley really such a great idea? (NO)

The Star-Vue Drive-in theater in Anthony, Kansas entertained countless car-driving patrons from its grand opening in far-off 1950 to the dark day of its closure in 2003. Was setting up a drive-in movie screen in the heart of Tornado Alley really such a great idea? (NO)

Collyer -  was founded in the 1877 or 1878 by a Unitarian minister, Rev. Robert Collyer who purchased land as a homestead. It became a small farming community that suffered frequent crop losses due to hot, dry summers. Virtually all the old town was gone by the early 20th century, but it was gradually resettled and rebuilt.

Collyer - was founded in the 1877 or 1878 by a Unitarian minister, Rev. Robert Collyer who purchased land as a homestead. It became a small farming community that suffered frequent crop losses due to hot, dry summers. Virtually all the old town was gone by the early 20th century, but it was gradually resettled and rebuilt.

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