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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


Today, you wouldn't know you were entering the town of Centralia at first glance.  A few odd looking homes here and there.  Odd only because they are tall and thin, once part of a row of homes but now standing alone with supports built on either side  to re-enforce the walls.  

Photos by Donald S Hollinger
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Most of the homes were bought by government and torn down, leaving a grid work of streets that go nowhere leaving behind a ghostly absences of what stood as a home to a family.    In some cases the only remnants of a home that once stood is the occasional set of steps and the cut electrical wires above that once feed electricity to homes. 
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Here is an example of the eerie site of a home that once stood.  For decades a family traveled up and down these steps.  Now all that remains are these steps that are slowly being reclaimed by nature.

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Centralia was once home to over 1100 people.  Families, neighbors friends and relatives made up this small community.  Neighborhood businesses, churches, and township buildings were found throughout the town.  The above picture was taking in 1983, prior to the dismantling of the town. - Photo by Ray Reilley (www.centraliapa.com)

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This is Centralia today.  Just about all of the homes, businesses, buildings and structures have been torn down.  All that remains is a grid work of streets where homes once stood.  A few standing homes and buildings still remain.  A few cemeteries also still stand, so far spared from the heat of the underground fire.  The hillside pictured in the foreground is the area currently above the burning coal.

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This is Rt. 61 prior to the summer of 1999.  At some point during the summer of 1999 the "road closed" signs had been taken down and the smaller road that detours this damaged part of 61 had been made more permanent. 

Additionally  Route 61 is no longer detoured around Centralia as of sometime during the summer of 1999.  Previously the right turn that Rt. 61 makes at the top of the long hill in Ashland was detoured taking traffic away from Centralia.  Now if you follow Rt. 61, you will travel through downtown Centralia.  The damaged part of 61 pictured above  is still closed and most likely will remain so due to the coal veins burning beneath the damaged section of Rt. 61.   IF you decide to visit what remains of Centralia, be aware that the area is dangerous, especially if you decide to investigate the burning areas.   Recently a section of Rt. 61 had subsided, meaning the ground collapsed beneath the road.  A road crew filled in the large hole the measured approximately 20 feet across and paved over it.

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These are the streets of Centralia today.  AS the years pass, fewer and fewer buildings stand.  Some home are still homes to families.

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This is The Speed Spot, a former bike shop.
The Speed Spot has since burned to the ground.

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Along Rt. 61 in the center of Centralia, the road opened up recently due to subsidence of the burned out coal mines that run under the town. The above and below images show the recently patch hole where workers filled the hole and re-paved Rt. 61.

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Directly across the street from the subsidence in the road is a home to a family who still live in Centralia.

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You can see the dark patch of black top that covers the recent cave-in and its proximity to the home, a mere 20 feet away.

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Above is a vent pipe that vented gases from the underground mine fire.  The vent pipe protrudes from the ground in a lot next to an occupied home.

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Photos by Donald S Hollinger
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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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  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.