Cardin, Oklahoma
An Early Mining Town
Tar River (Later Cardin) Oklahoma in 1923
This picture shows some of the miner's shanties and rooming houses in early day Cardin which at that time was known as Tar River.  You can see the unsanitary conditions with trash piles everywhere and outhouses behind the buildings.  Note the complete absence of trees in any of the older pictures.  These towns sprung up out of the prairie almost overnite. In the distance can be seen the mills and mines of the Picher mining district.  The boom town was about 9 years old at this time.
The Vaughan General Merchandise store was one of the first stores in Tar River and was operated by John and Martha Vaughan.
Photo courtesy of Mark Kline.