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Downtown Centralia Mainstreet Centralia Damaged Hillside

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


Fall in Centralia PA
October 18th 2008
by Donald Davis

This is my fourth visit to Centralia in a period of 14 months. My section of Ohio did not seem to have a good amount of fall colors this year so I decided Centralia would make for some beautiful scenery with the colors amongst the rolling hills as well as the foliage that has overgrown the streets. With some help from www.fallinpa.com, I was able to choose the best weekend to arrive and my trip was well worth the 5 hour drive from home...but then every other trip to Centralia was worth it! There is so much beauty in the town during autumn that it makes perfect sense why the residents would wish to remain.

During this trip, I noticed that between May 23, 2008 and October 17, 2008, wind turbines were erected on a ridge to the northeast of town. They do not seem to be the eyesore that others would claim. However, despite a good amount of wind, the turbines were not spinning. Yet their blades were not locked. When I talked to a resident again, I failed to ask his opinion of the turbines.

Corner of Main St and Paxton St looking north on Paxton.

Abandoned Playground west of Meyers St. and south of Center St.

Corner of Trautwine St and Railroad St looking east on railroad st.

Corner of Paxton St and Walnut St looking east on Walnut.

Corner of N Trautwine St and Laurel St
looking south down onto S Trautwine St.

Corner of Laurel St and N Locust St looking north on N Locust.

Siren pole at Centralia Municipal building

Corner of N Trautwine and W Center St looking east on W Center

Subsided Rt 61

Subsided Rt 61

Subsided Rt 61

Subsided Rt 61

Subsided Rt 61

Vent pipe adjacent to the Oddfellows Cemetary

Oddfellows Cemetary

Oddfellows Cemetary

corner of E Park St and Apple St looking east on E park

corner of E Park St and Apple St looking south on Apple St.

Sts. Peter and Paul Eastern Orthodox Cemetery

Hammie's Hill looking north into town.
(Note the turbines on the right side of the ridge)

Corner of S Locust and Wood St.

Centralia park bench at the corner of W Park St and S Locust.

Corner of W Park St and S Locust looking north on S Locust.

Veterans memorial at the corner of W Park and S Locust.

Corner of S Trautwine and W Park looking east on W Park

Corner of Plum St and W Park looking south on Plum

Corner of S Trautwine and Main St looking east on Main St.


And if one has any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me at donald@neo.rr.com

For more in the Infrared
Check out Donald's 7 Part Video Tour of Centralia PA

Centralia PA Tour in Infrared
by Donald Davis

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Centralia in Infrared  

Centralia PA in B&W Infrared
Infrared Photography by Donald Davis

Centralia is a town of beauty. The gentle rolling hills and foliage make for a very scenic place. However, as we all know, there is desolation in the town when one considers photographs from 30 years ago to those taken recently. So for my third trip, I decided to focus on the desolation and abandonment of the town. Black and white tends to be well suited for conveying such a mood. But I decided to further magnify the abandonment using the surrealistic appearance of black and white infrared photography.

Centralia PA in B&W Infrared

About Infrared...

Infrared (IR) radiation is electromagnetic radiation whose wavelength is longer than that of visible light, but shorter than that of terahertz radiation and microwaves. The name means "below red" (from the Latin infra, "below"), red being the color of visible light with the longest wavelength. Infrared radiation has wavelengths between about 750 nm and 1 mm, spanning three orders of magnitude. Humans at normal body temperature can radiate at a wavelength of 10 microns.

Infrared imaging is used extensively for both military and civilian purposes. Military applications include target acquisition, surveillance, night vision, homing and tracking. Non-military uses include thermal efficiency analysis, remote temperature sensing, short-ranged wireless communication, spectroscopy, and weather forecasting. Infrared astronomy uses sensor-equipped telescopes to penetrate dusty regions of space, such as molecular clouds; detect cool objects such as planets, and to view highly red-shifted objects from the early days of the universe.

In infrared photography, infrared filters are used to capture the near-infrared spectrum. Digital cameras often use infrared blockers. Cheaper digital cameras and camera phones have less effective filters and can "see" intense near-infrared, appearing as a bright purple-white color. This is especially pronounced when taking pictures of subjects near IR-bright areas (such as near a lamp), where the resulting infrared interference can wash out the image. There is also a technique called 'T-ray' imaging, which is imaging using far infrared or terahertz radiation. Lack of bright sources makes terahertz photography technically more challenging than most other infrared imaging techniques. Recently T-ray imaging has been of considerable interest due to a number of new developments such as terahertz time-domain spectroscopy.

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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

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 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
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  Around Town Today
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  Haunted Centralia?
  Gerry McWilliams and
  the album "Centralia"
  Silent Hill Inspiration
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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.