Recently dumped my old camera out and found some old pictures of Centralia. Odd day! If you’re unfamiliar…
Centralia is a borough and a near-ghost town in Columbia County, Pennsylvania, United States. Its population has dwindled from over 1,000 residents in 1981 to 10 in 2010 as a result of the Centralia mine fire that has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. It is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. Centralia has been used as a model for many different ghost towns and physical manifestations of Hell. Prominent examples include Dean Koontz’s Strange Highways and David Wellington’s Vampire Zero. Centralia was also an inspiration for Silent Hill, the film adaptation of the video game, and Nothing But Trouble.
Nothing But Trouble…wow, I remember that shitty movie. What a weird film. Anywho, Centralia Sounded magical and interesting…though I suppose I shoulda done more research first. There’s not much to see – and by ‘not much’ I mean, practically nothing. It was, however, cool and odd to see smoke rising from the ground in various areas…it’s still burning away down there! It’s been burning for a good 50 years already…some say it could keep burning for a couple hundred more. I went on a shitty day, I suppose; apparently there WAS more to see, and the fire really blazes up on occasion and smokes the whole zone out. Ah well, just another useless memory.
Sorry to spoil the magic, but I’d skip the trip you might be planning. There’s a bunch of little towns in the area that are vastly more interesting and loaded with character, so it wasn’t a totally wasted trip. I love Pennsylvania.
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