Despite the town being mostly abandoned — one person said there were maybe three families left now — the former residents of the town still love Picher as if it were home.
One former resident of the town, Tom Houston, said a person would never meet another group of people who love their town the way Picher’s former residents still love Picher.
“The town was like a family member,” former resident Mitchell Lee said. “If you come back during the summer you’ll see a lot of people just visiting the old places they used to spend time.”
Sheri Mills, a member of the Picher-Cardin All School Reunion Committee, thinks the reason the town’s former residents keep making pilgrimages back is the equality among
“There was no rich, poor, or middle class. Everyone was family. Everyone was equal,” she said.