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Book & Lyrics

Music & Lyrics by Lauren Pelaia and Alex Knezevic


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.

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