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All articles are for educational purposes only.



Local Educational Attractions:

  • Museum of Anthracite Mining
    Located on the same grounds as the Pioneer Tunnel Coal Mine in Ashland PA, this museum focuses on the history of anthracite coal mining industries and technology. It features a diverse collection of tools, machinery and photographs that depicts the mining of hard coal.  Information on Centralia's history is available at the museum.
    Pioneer Coal Mine & Anthracite
    Coal Museum
    19th and Oak Streets, Ashland
    Tours April through November
    (717) 875-3850


Other Information Resources and Sites Surrounding Centralia, PA

  • A Look at the Centralia Coal Mine Fire
    By Johnathan F. Beltz - March 13, 1998
  • Welcome to the Pennsylvania Coal Region! - This web site is a collection of nostalgia and regionalisms from the Anthracite Coal Region of Pennsylvania. Home of the CoalSpeak dictionary, recipes from the CoalStove , famous CoalCrackers , the Coal Region Guestbook, Message Board and lots more!
  • "Slow Burn: A Photodocument of Centralia, Pennsylvania" by Renee Jacobs - Published by University of PA Press (1985) Book is out of print but may be available here.

  • The Centralia Project - An nicely done documentation of one persons visit to Centralia.



  • Appalachian Trail - A Thru-Hiker's Journal
    Andrew Weber and his friend Brent Hunter attempt to hike of the Appalachian Trail from Springer Mountain, GA to Mt. Katahdin.  This is their Journal. One stop along the way takes them through Centralia.



Help Contribute To Centralia's Story

If you wish to contribute to the story of Centralia, PA either through first hand experience, pictures, stories or reading information we would love to hear from you.  You may e-mail us at:

or write to:

United States Internet Corp.
4 Crozerville Road
Aston, PA 19014

For further information see:

David DeKok - Unseen Danger: A Tragedy of People, Government and the Centralia Mine Fire  
Philadelphia : University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986.   I've been informed by David Dekok that his book is back in print and in available online at Barnes & Noble ( and online bookstores.

J. Stephen Kroll-Smith and Stephen Robert Couch - The real disaster is above ground : a mine fire & social conflict. Lexington, Ky. : University Press of Kentucky, c1990.

Lauren Wolk - Those Who Favor the Fire - Published in 1998 by Random House. It is the story of a fictitious town called "Belle Haven." Anyone familiar with the story of Centralia will recognize the chronology and perhaps even some of the characters.

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