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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 PA - January 3rd 2008
Photos and commentary by Donald Davis

This is my second visit to Centralia.  My first visit took place in August of 2007.  My inspiration to visit began my my viewing of the Silent Hill movie.  While doing some research on the parallels and differences between the movie and the videogame, I came to find out that the screenwriter for the film used the history of Centralia for the film.  Upon further research into Centralia, I read about Todd Domboski's brush with disaster when the sinkhole opened beneath him.  I vaguely remembered hearing about that on national news back in 1981 (Todd Domboski and I would be the same age).  At that point, my curiosity led me to various sites with photos of Centralia, most notably offroaders dot com.  I then made the decision to make the 4.5hr drive to visit the town in August of 2007.

My August 2007 trip was fascinating seeing the town for the first time and actually BEING THERE in all the photos I viewed.  However, the trip was slightly disappointing.  First off, I spent 3 hours on the subsided highway alone, 2 more than planned.  So that rushed the remainder of my trip.  I was wearing all black that day on the highway with temperatures close to 90F/33C and I left my water in the car not thinking I would be out as long as I was.  So combine that heat with carrying nearly 15lbs of camera and video gear (35mm body, medium format film body, digital compact, tripod, and Hi8 "palmcorder"), mild dehydration occurred which made me slightly weak and lightheaded for another couple hours.  I then was rushed to see most of the town before the sun set.  I had also missed a few spots along the burning hillside because I entered from the wrong side.  Lastly, the smoke was at a minimum due to the temperatures.  Speaking to a resident of Centralia, he recommended I return in winter to see the smoke rising from the ground.

So here I am in January of 2008 photographing the town on a very cold day, 15F/-9C but with beautiful clear skies.  The steam was plentiful and my visit was a great success.  Of course, I plan a 3rd visit in warmer weather to find more vents in the roads that may be covered by the snow.  I had nearly the whole town to myself as only 3 others were out, presumably due to the cold.  In fact, I was the only one on the subsided highway during the 75 minutes I was there.

When I was there, I got a few good breaths of the sulfurous fumes yet I had no problems breathing afterwards.  I was coughing during the day, but that was due to the cold weather since I had started to cough when I first got out of my car on the way to my first stop, the subsided highway.  I had no scratchiness in my throat nor was I bothered by the fumes when I left the town.

Donald Davis

Railroad Ave


Christmas decorations hung at the corner of
Centre and Locust Streets. (videotape frame captures)



Bench at the corner of W Park St and Rt 61



DEP borehole at burning hillside along South St


Taken from a path off the subsided Rt 61 that is only about 50ft or so north of the fissure



Corner of Paxton St and North St



Corner of Trautwine St and Centre St



SS Peter Paul Orthodox Cemetery

Subsided section of Rt 61




Odd Fellows Cemetery







Burning hillside. Many rocks here were estimated to be 70F/21C or warmer by touch.




Base of burning hillside at the corner of W Park St and Plum St




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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

Click Below for
 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.