Photos Courtesy of Dina Kantor
When photographer Dina Kantor first drove into the town of Treece, she was amazed by the beautiful mountains. Until she realized: Wait a minute, this is Kansas. And those mountains are not actually mountains. They are piles of “chat,” or mineral waste from decades of mining.
“They’re beautiful and scary at the same time,” she says on the phone.
Since 2010, Kantor has been documenting a town in its twilight. Treece, Kan., once a booming mining town, has been a town without an industry since the 1970s, when the last mine closed.