They don’t pay taxes on the hones. Heck, people go to see “Old Faithful” all the time and the burning steam and potholes that open at random are certainly more dangerous than Centralia. Don’t vandalize and please don’t litter. Locust Avenue etc. That’s interesting, Keri. Mary Ann Ziegler Beaver (1835 – 1903)* It is PennDot that is enforcing this so they can only enforce the state road! Today we just saw a whole lot of nothing–or like the first commenter mentioned, many 4x4s and 4 wheelers parked for off roading in the hills. However, it is visit at your own risk, and you should always obey any signs you see. Sweeney you are incorrect. Most people who are interested or familar with Centralia Pa and its history, knows about the fire. I look forward to reading more of your work. ©2020 FOX News Network, LLC. The other house looked Abandoned, all windows were boarded up. Quite disappointing that the Government didn’t step in and put up the money in the beginning. My fiancé and me spent NYE in a cabin at Rickett Glen State Park (about an hour north of Centrilia). Thank you for your reply! John Henry Ziegler (1884 – 1954)* If you enjoy this modern ghost town, consider Concrete City and the Abandoned Turnpike as your next destination. Much better tale than Silent Hill… There are a couple of new documentaries out and coming out on the town and also a few new historical books written by local authors that are worth looking at. Didn’t see the Odd Fellow Cemetery, I guess as one the comments mentioned it is cover with grass. Francine Price – I am so sorry for your loss. Three components are necessary for a fire: fuel (the coal underground), ignition (the original start of the fire), and oxygen (I assume present from mine shafts). Please if anyone comes across this black kitten, rescue it or leave some food for it in your travels. It is my understanding that there is a natural rock barrier that should protect Ashland, but Mount Carmel is still at risk. Also, to the best of my knowledge, people have only been ticketed once, and then it was only people driving on the road, which is obviously dangerous. Why could this fire not have been stopped by starving it of oxygen? Upon their death after 6 months the homes are to be torn down. Today, fewer than 10 people still live there. Even if there’s no smoke, however, the cemetery is interesting to see as the fence surrounding it and many of the gravestones show signs of how the fire has changed the landscape. Centralia, PA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile. I’ve always wanted to go to Centralia so my sons and I just stopped there on our way back home from a college visit at Bloomsburg on 3/27/17. No one speaks much of it since even if the fire heads there, it would be quite a long time before it reached the town (the fire could burn over 100 years and may even burn itself out before that if it becomes starved of oxygen.). And it didn’t disappoint. Good for us. 2004 Photos of Centralia. Sounds like a fascinating place to visit. The full extent of the problem wasn’t known until 1979 when a gas station owner in Centralia measured the temperature of the gas in his underground containers to be more than 100° above normal. I surmised these may have been where someone’s home formerly stood and they are keeping it mowed, in memory of where they or family members used to live. 2005 Photos of Centralia . We didn’t see any steam either, but like you, we’re going to go back when it’s colder to see if we see it then. The land full of life. Parents: Metal venting tubes dot the landscape here, but little can be seen of the active fire on most days. This past summer I stopped and walked around the cemetary, both as a matter of fact. Centralia, located in Columbia County just a few miles outside Mount Carmel in Northumberland County, is perhaps Pennsylvania’s most famous ghost town after an underground mine fire started in 1962. So if you are on your way up or back from one of those, this makes for an interesting stop, if you know where to look. We first started exploring back in summer of 2007. I totally agree that the ATVs and vehicles need to be off the road, but I see no reason to stop an average visitor from checking it out. When the town was still extant, there was a faction that believed that there was a conspiracy to take their land for next to nothing, in order to extract the coal beneath. Or for more conventional accommodations you could stay in Bloomsburg – There are a number of conventional hotel chains at decent rates in the area. The bottom has fallen out of the anthracite industry in the 1930’s and has since gone in the toilet. I didnt know Centralia even existed i would love to go there but cant drive that far alone.. I visit once in a while, and wrote the eulogy “Centralia PA, Devils Fire,” but I respect the ground on which the town once stood as hallowed ground. I think what did it in with the enforcement was the food truck that would park on the north side of graffiti road and people just letting garbage everywhere. I do plan a return evening visit so I can take some photos. The houses in Centralia were, in reality, worth very little on the open market, despite the fire. I went there spur of the moment during a day trip from Harrisburg, PA to Reading, PA. On may way back to Harrisburg, I took the “scenic route” back. (He assumed we would see ghosts). It is not to the extent where there is abundant steam or smoke emitting from the ground or acres of dead vegetation like it was back in the day but it still continues to burn and probably will continue to burn beyond our lifetime. Tourist sites, restaurants, and, yes, gas stations. I am from Lower Bucks County and was planning on going up to Centralia in a month or two Sep/Oct. each day in that one little section you could gather at least 5 large bags of trash just from scummy tourist. It certainly sounds like you’ve had some exciting visits, Martha. The problem is, by an odd quirk of law and charter, the “Borough of Centralia” owns the mineral rights to the coal directly underneath it–the only such borough in the Commonwealth. There is about $2 Billion at today’s market price beneath what was once Centralia. Having to leave your home is not easy but they received significant compensation & deals. However, there are still things to do in Centralia, PA. Driving over the mountains from nearby Ashland, you’ll come over the crest of the hill to a marker that still welcomes you to the borough of Centralia. I love adventure and seeing stuff like this. we did cruise around some of the side streets so they could see where houses had been. they were patrolling thou but only to aid if need be. I drove through this town repeatedly as a boy and youth on my way to the Mennonite Bible School in Numidia. Based in the state capital of Harrisburg, Jim frequently travels around Pennsylvania and has visited, written about, and photographed all 67 counties in the state. I remember reading about Centralia – a terrible, sad and yet fascinating story. In some areas the ground did felt a little warm. Joseph Ziegler (1841 – 1910)* My question is: Why no one mentions this town or it’s people. Our taxes at work again. FILE PHOTO: Smoke rises from the ground in this general view of Centralia, Pennsylvania on Jan. 26, 1983 where an uncontrolled, 20-year-old underground mine fire is raging. So sad people have no respect! Tourists might make a stop for gas in Frackville, but that is about it. Thank you Andrew!! In 1962, a trash fire in a strip mine beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, started burning. Jim Cheney is the creator of Centralia may resemble a post-apocalyptic landscape, but to Long and a handful of others, it’s still home. Free parking and free admission). It is completely surrounded by Conyngham Township. were and looking at old pics, you can also see the old homes and businesses….Now just the street and grassy patch were the tracks ran. Its population has dwindled from more than 1,000 residents in 1980 to 63 by 1990, to only five in 2017 —a result of the coal mine fire which has been burning beneath the borough since 1962. You are wrong, Oddfellows is on the right, St. Ignasious is on the left. If someone didn’t have your blog post, they wouldn’t know where to look or that they should even be looking for anything. 4 wheelers tear up the roads to and at the cemeteries. It will help when I visit. Centralia, PA News in 2020-04. There are so many vulgarer, trash, and disrespectful things out there. I lived there during the begining of the mine fire days. I was born and raised in Pa and would love to eventually come to Centralia to visit and walk into the Cemetary as I believe I have family buried there,one by the name Ralph Owens so I hope the cops in that area won’t have a problem with me being there,I won’t vandalize but would pay my respects with a visit and take some pics. That’s three thousand, not thirty. Centralia, Pa. – One of Pennsylvania’s most popular unofficial tourist attractions, “Graffiti Highway” in Centralia, was shut down Monday when dump trucks began filling in the road with dirt. With a 2020 population of 11, it is the 1013th largest city in Pennsylvania and the 19448th largest city in the United States. He told me about the boy in the yard and the hole opening up . as long as you were not doing anything stupid they had no problem with anyone visiting, walking the path and leaving your mark <3. I know that it is expensive. I would never disrespect. we plan to visit in the day as to not look “Sketchy” and plan to hopefully pick up some trash as well. thanks for the article!! My wife and I had a great time exploring Centralia. Where are you? There were a lot of people walking the Graffiti Highway and was able to get my jeep on the highway after seeing some locals driving on the road. There were a lot of people there. Carmel are very low, with half doubles going for as little as $3,000.00. Truthfully, while somewhat interesting for the history, the pipes themselves aren’t anything amazing, but it’s still a shame if you can’t legally access that area anymore. I am 2 hours away and been wanting to take a trip to centralia pa ,any good advice ,plan on doing that today 1245 pm now on sunday may 29th 2016. Mainly they are patrolling the area where the big cracks are in the road – Not so much the upper part. Anyway, hope that helps a little. I’ve seen a before and after video on youtube. I would never ruin graves or even litter. The fire gone now for years. I plan on visiting Centralia some time. Go up to the right and it will put directly into the highway. On Thursday night, passing through, of course we saw nothing. Help cleanup Centralia, Pennsylvania—either by volunteering time, making a donation, or becoming a financial sponsor! He will arrest you if he sees you littering or stealing or vandalizing property. It’s also a good idea to stay upwind of any smoke or steam that you see rising from the ground as it’s likely toxic. For many decades, tourists have traveled to Centralia’s colorful Graffiti Highway to create art, take photos or simply admire the site’s beauty. Just recently heard of this heart breaking tragedy….very excited to take this adventure, Trip was amazing and so worth the drive! I would love to go back sometime soon. We also checked out the cemeteries and the church on the hill. By doing so, her home became the property of the State of Pennsylvania and, like with so many of … My parents and I visited on 12/26/16. I always wondered why they didn’t do whatever it took to extinguish this fire. Learn about upgrading this memorial… Centralia, Pennsylvania has lost another resident, bringing its total population to under five people. As Richard said, anywhere where there isn’t a no parking sign or where you would be in the way of traffic, should be fine. Centralia, PA. On May 27th, 1962, officials in Centralia, PA tried to clean their landfills by setting a fire. However, the fire necessitated such frequent and expensive repairs to the road, that Route 61 was permanently rerouted around the area in 1994. the roads in the winter you couldn’t see anything . There were No Trespassing sings on few trees along graffiti highway. now 30 years later there is almost nothing there to see . Over the next few years, the Centralia, PA fire continued to burn around the community, increasing the levels of toxic gases like carbon monoxide to dangerous levels. The only spark of color in Centralia is the beautiful Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary Ukrainian Greek-Catholic Church which sits on a hill above town and still holds weekly services. Centralia has had a hold on people’s imagination for years, especially those interested in the odd and potentially spooky. heading to Sunbury on Saturday with my 4 sisters, Shomokin and Centralia my mom’s family was from the area, The Cake and Jones family, I think they founded Caketown, I’ve never been there but my sister and brother in law took my mom and aunts for a visit a few years back, looking forward to the trip on 11-05-16, Hey, My buddies and I plan to visit Centralia for an English Assignment and were wondering where we should park and any other helpful tips. All other internet all you see is Centralia (not saying what happened is not tragic). Seriously? Unfortunately, a high percentage of the graffiti was quite vulgar. Back to reality, I have been reading the DEP EPA site data, there are so many questions in my head. Roads that once led to quiet residential streets now lead nowhere. But if the coal is burning, is there still value to it . Watched the documentary The Town that Was. Odd Fellows Cemetery By the time they were on it the cost of a ditch big enough to stop it would have cost more than relocating the town. We googled it and went. The PA government was useless by way of bureaucratic delay. Property values in nearby Mt. A few 4-wheelers and some crazy kids caused this. 61 and Graffiti Highway. Might one of your corespondents visit this interesting area? Not sure what will become of this, but I am also working at the state level to find out what is going on. the few residents who still remain got a lump sum of money from a court case involving the land. It is almost impossible to starve an underground coal fire. Some cemeteries don’t have pathways per say, and you have to walk across graves to get to the other graves. Years ago one could feel the heat up to the knees when walking near the cemetery. I know they don’t want vehicles on the highway, though. Also try Find-a-Grave, and Graves a Million. Saw house, there neatly kept. I’ve seen pictures from before and after, and I do wish that I was around back then to witness it. I’m hoping it will be restored. They proceeded to tell me about a place called Pepe’s in Mt. We have traveled all around looking for strange, out of ordinary, and haunted places. On May 27th, 1962, officials in Centralia, PA tried to clean their landfills by setting a fire. Martha, you are wrong, Jim Cheney is correct. Agnes Hutcheson Ziegler (1877 – 1897)* In the fall of 2016, Kathi Womer moved out of the borough. We parked and walked on graffiti highway for a little bit. New Years Day we drove to Centralia and walked around for an hour or 2. We the Church way on top off the hill , we made our way up just to be disappointed there more than 10 signs, No trespassing, violators’ will be prosecuted and few sigs (ADT security surveillance camera) We were afraid to even try and take a pic. Check flight prices and hotel availability for your visit. Sorry I’m bad with names. Most of the abandoned buildings have been demolished by the Columbia County Redevelopment Authority or reclaimed by nature. The ground was also noticably warmer to the touch around these holes also there was snow covered ground inthe sourrounding areas but little to no snow in the the direct area. You can also still wander the area where the town stood – great for hiking. Landmark & Historical Place Plus, if you scuffed up the ground steam would escape. The “Graffiti Highway” (old route 61) is still posted “no trespassing” by the PA DOT. According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Centralia was: There are 7 adults, (1 of whom are seniors) in Centralia. , Elysburg is very close, and with Knoebels Grove Amusement park there I am sure there are places to stay. William Zeigler (1837 – 1905)* Harriet Hughes Zeigler (1813 – 1893), Spouse: Made for some really cool pictures. One day my dad had me go with him. Additionally in my search on Centralia I came across Byrnesville, PA. (and we had a ton of old 16mm film). Centralia PA, Centralia, Pennsylvania. The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is Over 65. I don’t know when the last post was made but it is July, 16, 2017 today. I’m probably oversimplifying the problem or it would have been tried. I am naïve when it comes to coal. I don’t think so, Thomas, but others might feel differently. One of the three house ( I just found out) belonged to last mayor of Centralia (Carl Womer ) . I am not sure what they are afraid of. I double checked Google Maps, and according to the maps (as well as my recollections), Odd Fellows Cemetery is on the right, not the left, when driving from Ashland. come to find out he didn’t . Yes the fire is still burning. The old route 61 with its grafitti is really cool and historical. 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