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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
Saskatchewan
Mine Rescue Manual
 

 

 

Centralia PA
  
Photos of Centralia PA during the 1980's

... and what it looks like Today

1980's era photo's submitted by Daimon Paul.
  

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Above, 139 Locust Ave. (Left) to 129 Locust Ave. (Right) in 1982.

Below is Locust Ave running from left to right at the corner of Wood Street running off into the distance (picture taken from South Street entrance).  The block to the left of Wood Street is the block pictured above in 2006.  This area was one of the first areas of homes impacted by the fire.  The fire had started further straight back from Wood Street (center of left picture below).

 

 


Above is the 400 Block of S. Locust Avenue, west side in 1985.  The Speed Spot Bike Shop is pictured on the right.  Below is the same corner in 2001 with only the Speed Spot remaining.  The Speed Spot has since burned to the ground and no remaining structures exist on this block.

Above, the 700 block of North Locust Ave in 1982.  The homes here no longer stands however the tree in front of the corner home is doing well today and has taken over much of the sidewalk.  Below, right, looking east on North Street.
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Above is the 800 block of N. Paxton Street looking north from North Street in 1986.  Below is the same corner looking north on N. Paxton Street in 2005.

 
 


Above is the American Legion Post 608 located at the corner of Park Street and Locust Ave.  Below is the same corner in 2001.  Behind the stone wall was where the American Legion stood.  Today all that remains in this lot is a War Memorial and a time capsule to be opened in 2016.  Below on Locust Ave (Rt. 61) is a large area of subsidence seen as dark blacktop, which had been recently filled in and re-paved over.

Below, the grounds of the American Legion Post 608.

War Memorial commemorating Centralia War Veterans A time vault of Centralia

Bench

 

 


Demolition of the Coddington service station and residence on Locust Avenue, November 9, 1981.  Below is the location of the Coddington service station, circa 2000.

 

 
 
 
 

 


Above, looking east on East Centre Street in 1986.  Below, looking in the same direction on East Center Street in 2006.

Below looking west on Centre Street, same as above in the opposite direction.  To the right, below, one of the few remaining structures on Centralia, an abandoned home located at the corner of East Centre Street and an alley.  The white home above is currently occupied by one of the few remaining residence of Centralia.

 

 

 

Above, looking south towards the east side of the 500 block of Locust Ave in 1986.  Below, the same perspective in 2006.

 

 

 

Above, North Paxton and North Street in 1986.  Below the same corner of North Paxton and North Street in in 2005.
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Above, Railroad St. looking west from Locust Avenue in 1986.   The railroad tracks ran on the strip in middle of street above were removed in 1967.  Pictured to the right is a photo of the tracks as they were at the station along this stretch.  Below, Railroad St. looking west from Locust Avenue in 2005.  The grass in the center of the two streets was the location of the tracks up to 1967 and the strip in the above picture.

 


 


Above, South Locust Ave in 1986.   Below is the same general area as the picture above.  The steeple in the center of the picture is the St. Ignatius Church.  Below, left is the old church before it was dismantled.

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Above, the corner of West Main Street looking east from Troutwine Street in 1985.  Below the same corner looking west, south, north, east.
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Looking north on Rt. 61, , circa 1981


Rt 61 looking North, circa 1981


Old photo looking south on Rt 61

 

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Other Interesting Things

 

 


 

So you want to Visit Centralia PA?  What you should know before you go to Centralia PA.

 


 

What's near Centralia?

Plan your visit around one of Pennsylvania's best kept secrets located only 15 miles up the road from Centralia...


Knoebels
Amusement Park

Click Below for
 more details...

Knoebels
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
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  Around Town Today
  Local Attractions
 
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  Haunted Centralia?
 
  Gerry McWilliams and
  the album "Centralia"
  
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  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

  

  

  

Is there Hope
for Centralia?

Maybe...

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.