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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:
US-69, Picher, OK
Directions:
On the west side of US-69/S. Connell Ave., across from the town water tower.
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Lonely Gorilla in Modern-Day Ghost Town

The gorilla statue is gone now.

[Debra Jane Seltzer, 11/24/2023]

Not gone, it's just been moved to another lonely spot in this nearly-abandoned town. The gorilla is now part of the official Picher-Cardin Memorial, with accompanying plaques and a flagpole. Still, a lonely spot.

Gorilla statue.

Picher-Cardin Superfund Site

An innocent-looking gorilla on the roadside marks a Superfund site.

[Micki, 07/31/2023]

This particular gorilla was the statue-mascot of the local school sports teams until the schools were closed in 2009.

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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