Fires can be devastating.  Just ask Luther residents about the fire that swept through the town a few years ago.  Today, as you drive along Route 66, you can still see where the fire jumped across the road.  All you need to do is look at the trees.  There is new undergrowth present, but the beautiful oaks that once lined the highway are all dead.  One positive is that it makes for some great photography!!!

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Oklahoma Ghost Towns

I am starting a new project in which I visit as many ghost towns as I can find in between my sales calls.  These towns are long forgotten, but they still offer an immense amount of beauty and culture if you just take the time to visit.  Using the website, I am charting my trail to bring you some cool photos from these old decaying locations.  First up, the towns of Scipio and Francis.

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Next is the town of Albion, which is close to Talihena, Oklahoma.  This town was burned to the ground decades ago and has since been abandoned by most everyone….except a few.

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The town of Acme, Oklahoma.  All that remains of this once thriving mill town is a lone house and concrete machine building.

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Here is the town of Picher, Oklahoma.  I think you could call it America’s newest ghost town.  The town was forced to evacuate due to lead poisoning in the water – a remnant of the mining surrounding the city.  There are also so many tunnels underneath the town that authorities believed sink holes could open at any time.  Then, a few years back, a violent tornado took many of the remaining structures, dealing Picher the death blow.  Not much remains…

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Where the only resident was a lonely, slightly angry, wet dog.

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