The Picher Project explores the rise, boom, destruction and fall of the abandoned mining town of Picher, Oklahoma. The town that once was the largest producer of lead and zinc in the world became the EPA’s #1 Superfund site in America, deeming Picher the most toxic place in the US. Town politics, involvement with the native Quapaw tribe, disease and illness, natural disasters, and the earth literally falling apart under them, Picher was officially dissolved in 2013, making it a ghost town.
The Picher Project, comprised of interviews and stories from people who used to live there, is a musical following the heart and lives of individuals from different points in the towns 100 year history. Picher, a town that meant the world to its citizen, was founded and destroyed by the mining history, leaving its population with no way to return home.