Where I live at in Oklahoma, there is a lot of small towns. One of these towns was Picher, Ok. Picher was started in 1918, thanks to the discovery of lead of zinc. At the peak of the population there was 14,252 people. After mining ceased in 1967 there was a decline. From the digging of the mine shafts, there was chat piles created. The chat is full of lead. Over the years, the mine shafts started filling up full of water. In 2006 the government decided to close the town, because of the land sinking in and contamination from the lead. In 2008 the town still wasn't closed, but a lot of families had already moved out. Then on May 10, 2008, tragedy struck the town. It was hit by a E4 tornado. The tornado destroyed 20 blocks of homes and businesses. That was more than half of the town. Eight people lost their lives that day, including my cousin and his wife. 150 people was also injured. On September 1, 2009 the town was officially closed. When you drive through Picher now, there is a few abandoned buildings and the water tower standing. What once was a booming town is now just trees, grass, and weeds. My husband was raised in Picher. As the saying round here goes, Once A Picher Gorilla, Always A Picher Gorilla. Picher will always be in the hearts of the people that lived there. Picher is gone now, but it will never be forgotten.