Shared Photo: Albert and Pearl Rigg on his Harley.

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Family photo of My Grand father on his Harley Davidson and My Grand mother  Pearly Rigg with  Him on a road trip.. Location: Picher Oklahoma. Date: Around 1935.Notice her Pants too, I know They wore a matched outfit at times, My grandfather rode in the cage of death on those Harley's.

The Road trip included a side trip to Arkansas? to see where Bonnie and Clyde had gotten it! And then a trip all the way to IDAHO and then to Mexico then back to Oklahoma. His name is Rigg he went to Idaho to visit the BRIGGS? cousins perhaps?

Notice the Bonnie Parker,Type hat my granny has on. They knew the bandits it's said. As Albert was a Gun smith. His shop was in the back of his house on Netta street in Picher Oklahoma, it was a known hideout for the gang, Not my gramp's house , the AREA, and 10 miles from the Joplin shootout house. If you look close you will see a drive in behind them, and you cannot make it out well but that is a huge pile of dirt behind them almost a 1/4 mile high. The photo is of that very business 60 years later And the reason this photo looks like it is of a ghost town, it's because it is.

in the above photo you see the old chat pile has been hauled off.

this is the very drive in you see in the photo. If you look closely you will see that pile of chat, I believe that Chat pile to belong to the Eagle picher number 2. That is a huge pile of gravel taken from the earth. It looks like clouds, but no, that is one mine shaft! with a pile of dirt 1/4 mile high. Now let me put that in perspective, to stack a pile 1/4 mile high it will be  10 miles from one side to the other.

This is actually ground zero for a super-fund cleanup site called tar creek! Imagine if someone came to your town and put a pile of dirt a quarter of a mile high next to your farm, 50 times!

These are the famous Chat piles that are in a couple of Bonnie and Clyde, stories, and they did shoot people in picher and they killed one man a deputy., The Crabapple mine talked about in one report is just down the road from this one.

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WikiTree profile: Pearly Rigg
in Photos by David Martin G2G6 (8.7k points)
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Great photo! :) Thanks for sharing, David!
by Greta Moody G2G6 Pilot (183k points)
selected by David Martin
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Hi, David, I am going to answer this post so that it shows up again in the feed. A great picture and story, so I hope more people see it.
by Joyce Vander Bogart G2G6 Pilot (183k points)

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