Beleaguered Mining Town Succumbs to Federal Buyout
By Frank Morris
Picher, OK – Like a number of small towns across the Great Plains, Picher, Oklahoma is dying. But Picher hasn't gone without a fight. The mining town in the northeast corner of the state has hung on through labor unrest, economic collapse, and horrible pollution. But within a year or two, a federal buyout will likely finish the town. While some call the buyout a "mercy killing" some people in Picher view it more as a lethal injection of federal cash.