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Picher, OK: Toxic Town

Most of the bullets made for WWI and II came out of the ground under Picher, Oklahoma. The minerals ran out in 1970, and the OK government bought out residents of the city to get them to leave. A handful of people stayed.

The government of Picher has completely dissolved, along with the police force. Wired has this profile of Picher, OK, a toxic town that no longer officially exists:

Full Story: Welcome to Armageddon, USA: A Tour of America’s Most Toxic Town

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