Toxic Twin: Cardin, Oklahoma

Toxic Twin: Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma is a toxic twin to Picher, rendered uninhabitable by mining industry abuse. In a piece by Sheila Stogsdill in the Tulsa World, November 17, 2010, (the link is no longer active) the population of Cardin is listed as zero.

MJ Masilko snapped these photos of Cardin and neighboring Picher in 2010.

Cardin, Oklahoma

MJ said these photos “are from Cardin, the next town, which is basically right next to Picher, and is also part of the Tar Creek Superfund site. It also seemed totally abandoned.” 

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

The Highway Tabernacle once served the hungry and welcomed weary travelers with the promise of peace.  Today, traffic passes but doesn’t stop, and the local residents who once worshipped here are gone.

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma



Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

Looks like they just stepped out for some groceries.

Cardin, Oklahoma

Cardin, Oklahoma

Photos by MJ Masilko
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14 thoughts on “Toxic Twin: Cardin, Oklahoma

  1. Anything relating to Picher {where I was born and raised}, Cardin or Treece. My parents owned a filling station/grocery store on the state line, in front of the small church. Would love to find a picture of it. Enjoyed your pictures

  2. I remember going to Picher to meet friends and play them in sports. Sitting here looking at these pictures bring back high school memories I had locked away.

  3. I lived in Treece for over 20 years. These pictures bring back memories from my childhood, memories that I will cherish for the rest of my life. It may not seem like it to you but for most of us this was home this was all we had and we were grateful for it everyday.

    1. the soil, the water & the air in picher & cardin is toxic. in my family, the ones who were raised in those 2 towns tend to get cancer. the ones who were raised somewhere else don’t.

  4. My mother and her family (the Haines) were born/raised in Cardin. Later migrated to central California. I remember visiting Cardin in (maybe) 1958? and seeing/being warned about the deep water holes as I wandered near a home site. I was told they were left over from mining.

  5. Just learned my grandmother was originally from Cardin. I always thought our family was from Joplin. We eventually moved from Joplin to Grove. I went to NEO A&M in Miami ’77-’79. I roamed that entire area. Drank easy to get 18 year old beer in Baxter Springs on chat piles on occasion. If I recall correctly Tar Creek ran very close to the college. I remember the water was clear, but the dirt was orange.

  6. My grandfather was born in Cardin in 1929. He died of a heart attack at age 44 years and his father (my great gran) died before him of throat cancer.

  7. Does anyone know how Cardin got its name. My cousin was traveling thru the area and saw a road sign. The majority of the Cardin family I am from live in Washington state and never heard of this town. Just curious to find out any information.

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