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Mine Fire Hot Spot
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


Centralia Pennsylvania


This set of photographs were taken in May of 2001.
Each image links to a larger copy.

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The Speed Spot.  In the summer of 2001, the Speed Spot still stood as the only surviving business structure in Centralia.  Many recent year pictures show the Speed Spot as a landmark to the center of town.  The following year after this pictures was taken, the Speed Spot burned to the ground, and apparently labeled a suspicious fire.  For an article on the Speed Spot Fire Click Here.


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Above left: this shot is looking
down the eastern side of the
cemetery. On the other side
of the tree line is where the
fire started in 1962.
Above right and below:
Vent pipes that are within the
cemetery and in the near
vicinity.  The fire has since
moved on and the pipes are
no longer venting gases.
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Ashland in the distance.
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Closed section of
Rt. 61 due to subsidence. 

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Above and below:  In front of this home is an area of the currently open section of Rt. 61 that recently caved in. The dark area is where a work crew filled the hole and paved over Rt. 61 again.
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abandoned home

Home of Centralia's Mayor,
Lamar Mervine.
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Above and below:  Capped bore holes in the streets that were used to monitor the temperatures below.
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Located just west of the
burning area is this old mine
entrance that descends down
into the Earth at about a 45


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Dcp_2226.jpg (99264 bytes)Above and to the right: Located on the east side of town, this underground stream emerges from the side of the hill carrying waste water from the underground mine shafts and water table.  The pond and stream is brown-green with contaminants.  The stream above drains the pond.  The pond's water supplies water to the surrounding trees.  Beavers, building a dam, felled many of the trees, leaving the stumps exposed. What is interesting about the stumps is the color of the wood and sap coming up out of the stumps, which is the same color as the water. 
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Other Interesting Things




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
  Maps of Centralia
  Around Town Today
  Local Attractions
  Personal Notes
  Additional Reading
  Haunted Centralia?
  Gerry McWilliams and
  the album "Centralia"
  Silent Hill Inspiration
  Other Mine Fires
  Search Centralia
  Centralia Sites/Books
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.