Bill Crawford

by Travis Marak


Bill Crawford, aged 90, photographed in Cardin, Oklahoma, in the vacant lot where his home of 66 years once stood. A lead miner for 50 years and six months in the Eagle-Picher mining camp in Cardin, Crawford sold his home in 2008 during the U.S. government’s $60 million federal buyout of the Tar Creek Superfund Site in Ottawa County. Crawford played baseball with Mickey Mantle while working in the mines and lives today in Miami, Oklahoma.

Originally published in This Land, Vol. 5, Issue 8, on April 15, 2014.