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An 'Echo' of Picher, Oklahoma

Picher, Oklahoma rode the wave of lead and zinc mining in the region that began in the late 19th Century. By 1980 it was an EPA Superfund site and by the 2010 Census, fewer than 20 persons were counted as residents. We look at how Picher is remembered through former residents and through the lens of a local artist.


  • Sabrina Staires is the photographic artist behind the ECHO project.
  • Ray Moore is a former resident of Picher who now resides in Shawnee, Ks.
  • Ed Kehely is a former Picher resident who returned to spend his retirement years just a few miles from his hometown. 

Sabrina Staires' "ECHO" exhibition is showing through Saturday, May 28, at the Leedy-Voulkos Art Center, 2012 Baltimore Ave. in Kansas City, Mo.

Steve Kraske is the host of KCUR's Up To Date. Follow him on Twitter @stevekraske.
Danie Alexander is the senior producer of Up To Date.