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Mine Fire Hot Spot
Downtown Centralia Mainstreet Centralia Damaged Hillside

Knoebels Amusement Park (only 15 miles from Centralia!) 
Ghost Towns
Area 51 - Groom Lake
Abandoned PA Turnpike
Defunct Amusement Parks
Abandoned Places


Photo Updates:

Centralia in HDR

July 2006 360? Virtual Tour of Downtown Centralia PA

Centralia's Neighbor:
Byrnesville, Pa

Zeisloft's Mobil
Gas Station

July 5th 2008
Centralia PA

Centralia PA 2008
January Photos and 
commentary by
Donald Davis

2006 Photos

2005 Photos
of Centralia


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2004 Photos
of Centralia

2003 photos

of Centralia

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2002 photos

of Centralia

360 Degree Virtual Tours of Centralia PA

Fire In The Hole
by Kristie Betts
A fictional story based on Centralia

The Little
Town That Was

by Donald Hollinger


RESIDENTS TO SAVE THE BOROUGH OF CENTRALIA - FACT SHEET #6 - MARCH 1984 - This "Fact Sheet" was transcribed from a photocopied, original March 1984 newsletter from a Centralia organization called "Residents To Save The Borough Of Centralia".  Read the News Letter here

130th Anniversary
of the 1877 Shamokin Uprising and the Great Railroad Strike .. Read More


Centralia Today
A Photo Documentary
of Centralia today.


Mine Emergency Response Program
Details from the
Mine Rescue Manual


And Yet, Centralia  
Still Burns Today
A Look at the Centralia Coal Mine Fire

By Johnathan F. Beltz
March 13, 1998



Works Consulted

The endnotes refer to the red numbers in the report, but I don't have the hyperlinks done yet. If you really need to know what the reference was to, drop me an e-mail, and specify which number you want.

The links in the Works Consulted section were all current when this report was originally written in 1998.

I've tried to keep them current, but some sources may have moved or no longer exist.
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A Brief History Of The Centralia Mine Fire. [On-Line].
Available at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/minres/bamr/centbrf.htm

Boch, G. M. "When a Coal-Mine Fire Rages On For Years." U.S. News and World Report, June 11, 1984, 51-2.

Centralia, Pennsylvania. [On-Line]. Available at: http://www.xydexx.com/modernruins/centralia.htm

Chaiken, Robert F., Robert J. Brennan and others. United States Department of the Interior, Bureau of Mines. Problems In The Control Of Anthracite Mine Fires: A Case Study Of The Centralia Mine Fire, Washington, 1983.

Coal Mining in Pennsylvania, Centralia: A Burning Issue. [On-Line]. Available at : http://www.theequalizer.com

DEP Urges Remaining Centralians To Accept Relocation Offers. [On-Line].
Available at: http://www.dep.state.pa.us/dep/deputate/polycomm/pressrel/96/nrcentra.htm

DeKok, David. Unseen Danger: A Tragedy Of People, Government, And The Centralia Mine Fire. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986.

Jacobs, RenDe. Slow Burn; A Photodocumentary Of Centralia, Pennsylvania: Photographs & Text. Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986.

Keystone Coal Industry Manual
. 1976 Edition. New York: McGraw-Hill, 1976.

Klink, Bill. Telephone interview. February 23, 1998.

Kroll-Smith, J. Stephen and Stephen Robert Couch. The Real Disaster Is Above Ground: A Mine Fire & Social Conflict. Lexington, Kentucky: University Press of Kentucky, 1990.

Place Taste and the Taste of Place: Centralia, Pennsylvania. [On-Line]. Available at: http://www.geog.buffalo.edu/~jkrygier/krygier_html/placetaste.html

Springsteen, Bruce. "Spoken intro to War ". Bruce Springsteen and the E-Street Band - Live 1975-85. Columbia Records, 1986.




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Other Interesting Things




So you want to Visit Centralia PA?  What you should know before you go to Centralia PA.


The Real Disaster Is Above Ground: A Mine Fire and Social Conflict



What's near Centralia?

Plan your visit around one of Pennsylvania's best kept secrets located only 15 miles up the road from Centralia...

Amusement Park

Click Below for
 more details...

Amusement Park


Silent Hill & Centralia
Centralia PA inspires screenwriter Roger Avary during the making of the movie Silent Hill.
Read More Here...


Remembering ...
Byrnesville PA
By Mike Reilley

  Books about Centralia
  Maps of Centralia
  Around Town Today
  Local Attractions
  Personal Notes
  Additional Reading
  Haunted Centralia?
  Gerry McWilliams and
  the album "Centralia"
  Silent Hill Inspiration
  Other Mine Fires
  Search Centralia
  Centralia Sites/Books
Panoramic Virtual Tours:
Mine Fire Hot Spot
Downtown Centralia Mainstreet Centralia Damaged Hillside
  Centralia Infrared

Centralia PA in B&W Infrared
Infrared Photography
by Donald Davis

Video Tour
in Infrared of
Centralia PA
by Donald Davis


The Little Town That Was
by Donald Hollinger
Made in U.S.A. - 1987 movie that was filmed on location in Centralia PA See the opening Scene that started in Centralia during the peek of the mine fire disaster



Is Centralia Haunted?
Explore the possibility

The Real Disaster Is Above Ground: A Mine Fire and Social Conflict

Is there Hope
for Centralia?


Through the use of Nitrogen-Enhanced foam the Pinnacle mine fire was extinguished by Cummins Industries, Inc.  Cummins proposes to tackle the Centralia Mine fire and bring an end to the 
40 plus year fire.

Read this White Paper which evaluates the effectiveness of remotely applied nitrogen-enhanced foam to aid in efforts to isolate and suppress a mine fire.