Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Centralia, Pennsylvania: The End

The already nearly abandoned town of Centralia is getting a little smaller. Since the underground mine fire started in 1962, the once prominent town of nearly 1500 has been slowly dwindling. Most residents moved out in the 1970's and 1980's. In 1991 the state bought all the remaining properties. Initially the townspeople were allowed to stay as long as they kept up on their property taxes. Now the state is forcing the few remaining citizens out.
On a recent visit to Centralia we saw only one home standing. A lot of the small town charm the town once held seems to be stripped away like the coal seams that brought the town to life.
Go Outta the Way and get a last look at this nearly abandoned ghost town sinking closer to it's demise.


Autumnforest said...

I have to admit, that's the most fascinating "town" in America! It amazes me that my entire lifetime it's been burning underground! Do they have any idea how long it will go on? I would have thought folks would move out in the 70s when they feared the air. There's no way that can have good effects on the health. Thanks for updating on this place--it's one of my very favorite places to hear about. Fascinating!

Outta the Way said...

The fire could burn for another 100 years. No one's really sure how much coal is under the town. The few folks who have stayed behind and risked their own health have done so because they feel the Government just wants control of the coal which could equal millions of dollars. The smoke coming out is CO2, most homes had detectors so they were warned if levels got exceedingly high. I'm glad you enjoy. I have enjoyed many of your blogs myself.