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Treece in Cherokee County, Kansas — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)
 

Treece, Kansas Historical Marker

Dedicated to the Former Residents

 
 
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
1. Treece, Kansas Historical Marker Marker
Inscription.

The City of Treece, located ½ mile west of Hwy. 69 was founded on February 26, 1918 as a result of mining operations in the early 20th century. During prime mining industry production; Treece, neighboring Picher, Oklahoma and several other small nearby towns combined has a population of over 20,000. In the 1920s this region commonly known as the Tri-State Mining District was the world's largest producer of zinc and lead, supplying ore for ammunition used during World Wars I and II. Ore production dclined rapidly in the 1960s as did the city's population. Treece was within the Cherokee County, Kansas OU-4 Treece Superfund Site and adjacent to the Oklahoma OU-4 Tar Creek Superfund Site, which were established due to contamination from historic mining activities.

In 2010, thanks to the persistent efforts of local citizens, city officials and state/federal legislators, residents of Treece were offered voluntary relocation assistance from the Treece Relocation Assistance Trust, a state public trust funded by the United States Environmental Protection Agency and Kansas Department of Health & Environment. The buyout was offered to remove residents from the risk of sink holes caused by subsidence of underground mines and exposure to regional contamination from waste remaining from past mining operations. The buildings and streets

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By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
2. Treece, Kansas Historical Marker Marker
White Oklahoma welcome sign to left distance of marker, next to speed limit sign
were removed in 2012 and restrictions placed on the deeds to prevent the properties from being occupied in the future. Treece was officially dissolved as a city on May 9, 2012 and will forever live on in the hearts of its former residents.
 
Erected by the Treece Relocation Assistance Trust, Gene Bicknell, Betty McBride, Jim Dahmen, John Delmont Jr., & Eddie Hamilton.
 
Location. 36° 59.936′ N, 94° 49.886′ W. Marker is in Treece, Kansas, in Cherokee County. Marker is on U.S. 69, on the left when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Treece KS 66778, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within 6 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Baxter Springs Civil War Memorial (approx. 4.1 miles away); Entering Indian Territory (approx. 5 miles away in Oklahoma); Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away); American Legion Post 206 Veterans Memorial (approx. 5.5 miles away); Johnston Public Library (approx. 5.5 miles away); Baxter Springs Massacre (approx. 5.6 miles away); Café on the Route (approx. 5.6 miles away); Crowell Bank (approx. 5.6 miles away).
 
Also see . . .
1. Treece Kansas 66778. (Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
All that remains of Treece, Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
3. All that remains of Treece, Kansas

2. Treece Voluntary Relocation Program. (Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
3. Treece, Kansas Photos (The Wichita Eagle). (Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
4. "Young Men are Dying," Frances Perkins' Visit to Joplin.
Article includes mention of Treece KS
(Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.) 

5. Review of Blood Lead Screening Data, Treece, Kansas - September 2009. (Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
6. Mining Town Minerals. (Submitted on March 31, 2015, by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania.)
 
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All that remains of Treece, Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
4. All that remains of Treece, Kansas
All that remains of Treece, Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
5. All that remains of Treece, Kansas
Google Maps Aerial View Showing Former Treece, Kansas, Street Grid image. Click for full size.
By Google Maps, April 5, 2015
6. Google Maps Aerial View Showing Former Treece, Kansas, Street Grid
Marker is at NW side of intersection that is NW of the map compass at lower right of image
Mine Tailings at Treece, Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
7. Mine Tailings at Treece, Kansas
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By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
8. Mine Tailings at Treece, Kansas
Mine Tailings at Treece, Kansas image. Click for full size.
By William Fischer, Jr., March 8, 2015
9. Mine Tailings at Treece, Kansas
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page has been viewed 191 times since then and 7 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9. submitted on , by William Fischer, Jr. of Scranton, Pennsylvania. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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