Coffeyville, Kansas: The Dead Zone

Signs and bleached animal skulls on poles and buildings protest a 2007 oil spill/flash flood that ruined many local homes.
E. 11th St., Coffeyville, KS
Northwest corner of E. 11th St./US Hwy 169 and Davis St.
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The Dead Zone.

The Dead Zone

All the houses in the Dead Zone area are gone.

[Josh Marick, 03/25/2013]

But the Dead Zone protest display remains! The sign reads: "Coffeyville resources contaminated our homes and land and then cheated us."

Big oil, small people.

Dead Zone - Oil Spill Protest

The signs and bleached animal skulls on poles and buildings appear to be a protest of the oil spill in 2007. Workers failed to close an oil overflow valve when preparing for a flash flood, and created a disaster costing many residents their homes. While the oil refinery bought the properties polluted by the spill, many residents still feel they got a raw deal.

Although there are many no trespassing signs on the property I think that's meant for entering the building or fenced off area, nobody said anything as I explored around the outside of the place.

[Mr. Crispy, 07/19/2010]

Nearby Offbeat Places

Dalton Defenders MuseumDalton Defenders Museum, Coffeyville, KS - < 1 mi.
Walter Johnson MonumentWalter Johnson Monument, Coffeyville, KS - < 1 mi.
Field of Weird College Wood ArtField of Weird College Wood Art, Coffeyville, KS - 1 mi.
In the region:
Martin and Osa Johnson Safari Museum, Chanute, KS - 46 mi.

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