Superfund Series (metal...not just in the water)
In Oklahoma, United States
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The superfund series was created to use as a self-tour of the Picher, OK and surrounding areas. The old mining activities left much of the land devastated and unuseable. There are lessons to be learned here as well as interesting (if not depressing) sights to be seen.
Near the old mining town of Douthitt. You can still see remnants of the downtown buildings on the North side of the road before you get to this cache.
There were other points of interest that did not make good places to place a cache, but are worthy of seeing in this area. Here is that list for anyone who is interested.
1. Tribal Flags (Make sure you pluck and stomp some of the bagworms from the bushes as you pass) 36º52.570N 094º50.781W
2. Mushroom Factory (Mushroom facilities in Canada must be 5 miles from residents. “Smell the ambiance”–Earl H.) 36º54.817N 094º50.539W
3. Mineshaft ((look to the East in the stand of trees) Many of these mine shafts remain in the area uncovered and unmarked!) 36º56.781N 094º49.838W
4. Industry (This is a company that is selling chat for gravel or sand (with regulations due to its toxicity) “Chat, coming to your road soon” –Earl Hatley) 36º57.486N 094º50.922W
5. Fraidy Hole (Looking at the base of the chat pile to the East you can see a tornado shelter that survived.) 36º58.608N 094º49.983W
6. Miner’s Park (Closed in 2006 because of risk of subsidence.) 36º59.000N 094º49.981W
7. Hoppy Ray’s (Hoppy Ray and his son run a private museum and billiards parlor. “CNN’s last man standing”) 36º59.051N 094º49.853W
8. Billboard (Elementary student’s message to help children prevent their own lead poisoning.) 36º59.137N 094º49.855W
9. Hockerville Sink (Sink hole being filled with trash. “Talking trash at Tar Creek” –Earl Hatley) 36º59.680N 094º46.844W
10. Picher Schools (No school here, notice the rock wall built around the football field. These mining rocks are loaded with heavy metals, just notice the orange streaks on the wall as you drive around it.) 36º59.166N 094º50.451W
11. Rascal Flats (Joe Don Rooney of Rascal Flats is from Picher, OK. The flat land to the West shares the name.) 36º58.058N 094º49.857W
12. Mickey Mantle (This is the site of Mickey Mantle’s boyhood home. His father was a miner.) 36º55.802N 094º52.502W
13. Bicentennial Park (This land was donated to the city of Commerce to use as a park. The land subsided and formed two large sink holes. How would you like to play here?) 36º55.740N 094º52.589W
(No hints available.)
Last Updated: on 5/15/2017 12:26:10 PM Pacific Daylight Time (7:26 PM GMT)
Coordinates are in the WGS84 datum