Centralia, PA – A modern day ghost town
Centralia Pennsylvania was once a small town with a population of 1000+ people. This land is rich with coal. When you first enter the town you will quickly notice the coal mines everywhere. When you goto the stores you will see bags of coal for sale out front. In 1962 a fire broke out and one of the coal mines caught fire. This mine ran directly under the town of Centralia. Locals at the time thought this was contained and could go on with living life as normal. But by 1979 locals has became aware of the scale of the problem. The fires were still burning a decade later. People started to move and some people stayed. It wasnt until 1981 when Centralia got state wide attention. A 12 year old resident named Todd Domboski suddenly fell into a sinkhole! The locals tested the sink hole and found it to contain lethal levels of carbon monoxide. People in the town quickly started to clear out. There was a multi million dollar plan to relocate the citizens of Centralia. Some of the locals however sued and still remain there til this day. Centralia’s population has reduced from over 1000+ people to about 10. Now a days most of the houses have been knocked down. But if you look to the side of route 61, you will see some of the shells of the houses. Also in ashland you will find some more houses that are falling apart.
Graffiti Highway (Old Route 61)
The photo above is taken of old route 61. Dubed as Graffiti Highway. As soon as you enter this abandoned highway you suddenly realized what you are walking on. Under the highway is a burning fire that has been burning for over 50+ years. The highway has cracks and use to have steam coming out of it. But because its such a tourist attraction officials have plugged the steam holes in a effort to try to keep tourist safe.
If you would like to know more about Cetralia, check out this video below!