Many deserted towns around the world are dangerous to visitors. Several of these places were abandoned after severe environmental damage had occurred, and the residents became extremely ill. Much of the damage and toxic aftermath lingers for years, and these ghost towns can still harm tourists today. 10Picher, Oklahoma Picher sprang up after lead and zinc deposits were discovered in 1914. The population quickly grew as both metals were needed during World War I. Picherâ€™s miners helped fill the demand: more than half of the lead and zinc used during the war came from local mines. Eventually, the town became
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