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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


Centralia Pennsylvania

If you decide to explore the area, at the top of the hill in Centralia, as you entered the town by way of the Route 61 bypass that takes you around the damaged section of Rt. 61, you may notice smoke coming from the hill side on the left.  This location is where a church once stood.  Remaining evidence of this are the two grave yards just beyond the smoldering hill side.

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The area you encounter is shocking. The first impression you might get while looking at the smoldering ground and dead, bleached trees might be that you have visited right after a fire had roared through the hillside.  True however the fire took not hours but decades.  The smell of sulfur and fumes hangs in the air.  As the wind shifts towards you, your eyes and nose burn.  the ground is warm, even in the winter.  Move closer to the hot spots and the heat radiates off of the ground.  Reach down and touch the ground and the you realize why the dead trees are charred.  You'll find vent holes where hot gasses are escaping from the ground.  Stones are discolored from the heat and from deposits that come from the burning coal below your feet.

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You look down the hill and see that not more that 300 feet from this location are several home where people still live.

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At first one might think these are Birch trees with white bark but actually they are maple trees that have long since been bleach white from constant exposure to heat and fumes.  Some of the trees are burned.

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These trees had burned due to the super heated ground. Recent ground temperature samples gave readings of over 1000 F not too far from the surface.

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Below is a few of many vent pipes placed into the ground to release the gasses. 

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The gasses coming out of the pipe pictured below is hot enough to ignite a piece of wood.

Vent hole

The constant threat of deadly fumes and carbon monoxide that comes up through the ground and into basements and houses had made living unbearable for some.  Residents had complained of constant headaches and nausea from the conditions.  Those that feared for their health and safety moved out.  Some stayed.  Some still remain.

Ghost Towns
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Abandoned PA Turnpike
Did you know Pennsylvania
has an abandoned Turnpike?
Defunct Amusement Parks
Amusement Parks of Yesterday
Abandoned Places
Abandoned Locations from all over
Area 51 - Groom Lake
The Top-secret military base.

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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
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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.