Picher, Oklahoma: Lonely Gorilla in Modern-Day Ghost Town

The Picher High School Gorillas were the 1A Football State Champs of 1984, according to the base of this life-size gorilla statue. Picher was once the world's #1 producer of lead, but has been nearly abandoned since 2006 because of pollution and collapsing mines.
Address:
E. 3rd St., Picher, OK
Directions:
From US Hwy 69/S. Connell Ave. turn west at the stop sign onto E. 3rd St. Drive one block. You'll see the gorilla on the right, at the corner of 3rd and S. Columbus St.
Admission:
Free
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State Champs gorilla.

Lonely Gorilla in Modern-Day Ghost Town

Looks like he has a fresh coat of paint.

[Will, 02/08/2015]

Gorilla.

Lonely Gorilla in Modern-Day Ghost Town

The gorilla is still there. Don't stay long in the town. It's a superfund site!

[Donna Blum, 01/18/2015]

Gorilla statue.

Lonely Gorilla in Modern-Day Ghost Town

The Picher High School Gorilla sits on the corner of E. 22 Rd and Columbus.

[Wil, 07/06/2014]

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