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Tri-State Lead and Zinc District | The Encyclopedia of Oklahoma ...

Lead and zinc mining ranks high among Oklahoma's historically significant extractive industries. Lead and zinc, found together, occur in various locations, including the Arbuckle Mountains near Davis and Ravia, the Wichita Mountains near Lawton, the Ouachita Mountains of northeastern McCurtain County, and in Ottawa...

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Oklahoma-Mines - Mining Artifacts

The Tri-State district was an historic lead-zinc mining district located in southwest Missouri, southeast Kansas and northeast Oklahoma. The district produced lead and zinc for over 100 years. Production began in the 1850s and 60s in the Joplin - Granby area of Jasper and Newton counties of southwest Missouri and...

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GeoKansas--Geotopics--Lead and Zinc Mining

Lead and Zinc Mining. The discovery of blackjack (a kind of zinc ore) on the Cook Forty in Galena in 1870 marked the beginning of a century of lead and zinc mining in the Kansas part of the Tri-State mining district. The Tri-State mining district of southwestern Missouri, southeastern Kansas, and northeastern Oklahoma was...

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Picher, Oklahoma - Wikipedia

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...

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Geology and Ore Deposits of the Picher Field Oklahoma and Kansas

Maps showing structural geology and dolomitized areas in part of the Picher zinc-lead field,. Oklahoma and Kansas: 5. Northwest sheet. 6. Northeast sheet. 7. West-central sheet. 8. East-central sheet. 9. Southwest sheet. 10. Southeast sheet. 11. Maps of three levels of the Tulsa-Quapaw mine and diagrammatic sections of...

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Last Residents of Picher, Oklahoma Won't Give Up the Ghost (Town ...

Apr 28, 2014 ... PICHER, Okla. -- Thirty years and hundreds of millions of dollars since work began to clean up this former lead and zinc mining boomtown, progress is still being measured in inches or feet. That gauge is provided by the towering but slowly diminishing piles of “chat,” or tailings, that still loom over what is...

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Biochemical effects of lead, zinc, and cadmium from mining ... - NCBI

Environ Toxicol Chem. 2005 Jun;24(6):1483-95. Biochemical effects of lead, zinc, and cadmium from mining on fish in the Tri-States District of northeastern Oklahoma, USA. Schmitt CJ(1), Whyte JJ, Brumbaugh WG, Tillitt DE. Author information: (1)U.S. Geological Survey, Columbia Environmental Research Center, 4200...

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Residual effects of lead and zinc mining on freshwater mussels in ...

Sci Total Environ. 2007 Oct 1;384(1-3):467-96. Epub 2007 Jul 31. Residual effects of lead and zinc mining on freshwater mussels in the Spring River Basin (Kansas, Missouri, and Oklahoma, USA). Angelo RT(1), Cringan MS, Chamberlain DL, Stahl AJ, Haslouer SG, Goodrich CA. Author information: (1)Kansas Department...

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Picher, Oklahoma: The Biggest Environmental Disaster You've ...

Nov 2, 2015 ... Picher was a boom town around the time of World War I. That's because half of the bullets fired during the war originated from lead mined in Picher and eventually the town became one of the largest exporters of lead and zinc in the world. After the bombing of Pearl Harbor during World War II, patriotism...

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Tri-State Mining District legacy in northeastern Oklahoma

The Tri-State Mining District (TSMD) covers approximately 2,500 square miles (6,475 km2) in southeastern Kansas, southwestern Missouri, and northeastern Oklahoma. As a leading producer worldwide of lead and zinc, this area yielded about 460 million tons of ore between 1885 and 1970. This production level exposed...

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Article - Mine safety information. - Maloy Books

Figures compiled by the United States Department of Commerce show that the number of fatal accidents in the coal mines of Oklahoma has been more than twice the number in the lead and zinc mines of the state from 1923 to 1928. Complete statistics are not available in either industry, but the following figures are from...

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Historic Joplin » lead and zinc mining

While the majority of Joplin's lead and zinc mines were below ground, and in fact, much of Joplin is built above those shafts, there were some that were open to daylight. Below is a photograph ..... Secretary Perkins then visited Treece, Kansas, and Hockerville and Picher, Oklahoma to view housing conditions. In Treece, she...

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Challenges and Progress Cleaning Up One of Oklahoma's Most ...

Oct 1, 2015 ... The Tri-State Mining District in northeastern Oklahoma's Ottawa County was once the world's largest source of lead and zinc. The mines had closed by the 1970s, but pernicious pollution still plagues what is now known as the Tar Creek superfund site.

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The Oklahoma town that produced most of WWI's bullets is now a ...

Aug 9, 2017 ... The Oklahoma town that produced most of WWI's bullets is now a poison graveyard. Picnicking on mountains of lead byproduct. Years of lead and zinc mining has turned Picher, Oklahoma, into a superfund site with sinkholes, lead-laced mountains of rock, and tainted water. (AP/Charlie Riedel). The chalky...

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The 'most toxic city in America,' poisoned by lead and zinc ...

Mar 3, 2016 ... This time he's toured Picher, Oklahoma — the most toxic city in America. What was once a vibrant mining city has been turned into a toxic ghost town through improper care and disposal of the 14,000 abandoned mine shafts in the region. What is left of the town is documented in Lawless' new photo book,...

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Tri-State Mining Maps - Missouri Digital Heritage

Mining began in the Tri-State area in 1848 when lead ore was discovered near Joplin, Missouri. Further exploration was prompted in the 1870's when smelting plants were built in Kansas, increasing production of both lead and zinc. Deposits were also discovered in Oklahoma not long after. The Tri-State Zinc Lead District...

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Potential recovery of aluminum, titanium, lead, and zinc from tailings ...

The abandoned Picher mining district in northeastern Oklahoma, part of the Tri-State mining district, was the largest source of sulfide ores of lead and zinc in the U.S.A. in the early twentieth...

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Lung cancer excess in an abandoned lead-zinc mining and smelting ...

Analysis of cancer mortality in whites has revealed a significant excess in both males and females in an old lead/zinc mining and smelting area. This area consists of three rural contiguous counties: Cherokee County, Kansas, Jasper County, Missouri, and Ottawa County, Oklahoma. The lung cancer excess has persisted for...

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tar creek superfund site - the Oklahoma Department of ...

Aug 1, 2017 ... Site History & Background: The Tar Creek Superfund Site is part of the Tri-State Mining District, which includes northeastern Oklahoma, southeastern Kansas, and southwestern Missouri. The Tar Creek area encompasses the Oklahoma portion of the Tri-State Mining District, where lead and zinc were mined...

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STATE OF OKLAHOMA - Oklahoma Department of Mines - OK.gov

“If it is not grown, it must be mined.” The Oklahoma Department of Mines regulates the production of solid minerals in the state, including coal and non-fuel minerals (crushed stone/limestone, granite, sand/gravel, clay/shale, dimensional stone, gypsum, salt, tripoli, asphalt, bentonite, copper, iron ore, volcanic ash, lead/zinc...

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Concentrations of Cadmium, Lead, and Zinc in Fish from Mining ...

Abstract. The Tri-States Mining District (TSMD) of Mis- souri (MO), Kansas (KS), and Oklahoma (OK), USA, was mined for lead (Pb) and zinc (Zn) for more than a century. Mining ceased more than 30 years ago, but wastes remain widely distributed in the region, and there is evidence of surface- and groundwater...

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The Results of Mining at Tar Creek

Those living around Tar Creek are exposed to large amounts of lead, zinc, and cadmium from the watershed and the soil in residential areas. The Tar Creek area has ... In 1980, the Governor of the State of Oklahoma established the Tar Creek Task Force to investigate the acid mine drainage into Tar Creek. In 1983, the site...

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'Echo' Of Long-Gone Oklahoma Lead Mining Town - Kcur

May 24, 2016 ... Keheley's family moved away in 1957 because his father, who was a miner, sensed that the lead and zinc mines were giving out. In 1980, the town was declared an Environmental Protection Agency Superfund site due to piles of toxic metal-contaminated mine tailings (known as chat) heaped throughout...

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Biochemical effects of lead, zinc, and cadmium from mining on fish ...

Jul 1, 2004 ... Abstract—We assessed the exposure of fish from the Spring and Neosho Rivers in northeast Oklahoma, USA, to lead, zinc, and cadmium from historical mining in the Tri-States Mining District (TSMD). Fish (n. 74) representing six species were collected in October 2001 from six sites on the Spring and...

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The Tragedy Of Tar Creek - TIME

Apr 19, 2004 ... To get a better view of the situation, John Sparkman guns his flame-red truck up a massive pile of gravel. From the summit, a lifeless brown wasteland stretches to the horizon, like a scene from a science-fiction movie. Mountains of mine tailings, some as tall as 13-story buildings, others as wide as four...

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Mining in Kansas - Kansapedia - Kansas Historical Society

Lead and zinc mining took place, primarily, in what is called the tri-state mining district located in southeast Kansas, southwest Missouri, and northeast Oklahoma. Zinc and lead were important minerals for the U.S. war efforts in World War I and World War II. For approximately 50 years, this area was the world leader in zinc...

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Beneficial Uses of Chat Finalized | Mining Wastes | Wastes | US EPA

EPA believes these uses of chat are protective of human health and the environment. Chat is a gravel-like waste created from lead and zinc mining activities in the Oklahoma, Kansas and Missouri Tri-state district between the late 1800s and mid 1900s. Currently about 100 million tons of chat contaminated with lead, zinc...

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(R0210) Picher Lead Company, Records, 1875-1918 - The State ...

The Picher Brothers Lead & Zinc Company was established at Joplin in 1875 by Oliver H. Picher (1845- ) and William ... Lone Elm Mining Company and its exclusive rights to the process of producing white lead from smelter exhausts. ... the Tri-State Mineral District, with production concentrated in Oklahoma. The records of...

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Picher Journal; Waste From Old Mines Leaves Piles of Problems ...

Jul 21, 2000 ... Pilcher Journal on hardscrabble Oklahoma town that is trying to clean up mountains of chat, ground rock laced with lead, from lead and zinc mines that closed in 1950's; photos (M)

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Picher, Oklahoma: Toxic Town | Green Criminology

Sep 5, 2014 ... The problems found in Picher and the Tar Creek site have historical origins in long term mining for lead and zinc in the area. Mining began in 1891. Mining in this area was at its peaks during World War periods, and concentrated mining in the area ran from 1900 through the late 1970s. The lead and zinc...

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Mining History in Kansas - Archived: Interstate Technical Group on ...

Production from the lead-zinc mines of the Tri-State mining district of southeastern Kansas, southwest Missouri, and northeast Oklahoma was important to the nation's war effort during the first half of this century when the region was the worlds leading zinc producer and also an important lead producer. Consideration of the...

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Independent Lens . THE CREEK RUNS RED . The Film | PBS

Located in the northeast corner of Oklahoma, the town of Picher was once home to the world's richest lead and zinc mining field. But since the area was declared a Superfund site in 1981, Picher's residents have been forced to choose between preserving their image of the American dream and preserving their health.

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Toxic Town: Picher, Oklahoma - Ghosts of North America

Aug 4, 2014 ... The lead and zinc mined in this area was gathered from huge caverns excavated underground by the miners. It was later found the mines had been excavated so close to the surface that tree roots could be seen on the roof of the caverns in some cases. Portions of Picher collapsed into massive holes which...

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Oil and Oil Structures in Oklahoma-Kansas Zinc-Lead Mining Field

As mining proceeds with the lowering of the ground water, the oil drips from the roof and sides of the mines in certain areas, having worked its way downward through fissures and shattered zones from the original oil reservoirs, which were directly under the Pennsylvanian shale. Numerous theories have been advanced...

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6.8 Tri-State Mining District (Kansas, Oklahoma, Missouri ...

The Tri-State Mining District is an approximately 2500 square mile area located in southeast Kansas, southwest Missouri, and northeast Oklahoma (see Figure 37). This district was mined for lead and zinc, beginning in about 1859 and ending around 1970. This case study includes four example sites within the Tri-State: (1)...

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Picher, Oklahoma was once a thriving lead and zinc mining town ...

Picher, Oklahoma was once a thriving lead and zinc mining town producing more than any other mining town in the area. Description from roadtrippers.com. I searched for this on bing.com/images.

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History of the Earth: June 10. Tri-State Lead-Zinc District

Jun 10, 2014 ... Mining began about 1848 and continued until the Eagle-Pitcher Mine in Oklahoma shut down in 1967. Over the century from 1850 to 1950, the district produced about half the Zinc mined in the United States and 10% of the lead. One mine complex, the Pitcher Field in Oklahoma, was the most prolific...

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It took a town to find help for Tar Creek | News OK

Jul 13, 2008 ... PICHER — Over the years, many have championed the cause of this polluted lead and zinc mining town from behind the scenes.The former northeastern Oklahoma mining district, called Tar Creek, has been on the government's list of high-priority environmental cleanup sites since 1983. In recent years...

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Picher, Oklahoma: The Story Behind America's Creepiest Ghost Town

Oct 4, 2017 ... Picher, Okla. was once a quaint little mining community. The town, which sits just a quarter mile off of Route 66, was the national center of lead and zinc mining. Cars filled the streets. Neighborhood kids played in their yards. There were high school basketball games and church bake sales. Today, Picher is...

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History - Miami Oklahoma Convention and Visitors Bureau

Lead and zinc were first discovered in the area in 1905. Mining operations were running by 1907 in the “Commerce field,” and had extended to the “Picher and Cardin fields” in 1915–1916. Miami became the gateway to these mining fields and therefore mining became a dominant part of Miami's growth. The need for...

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