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Knoebels Amusement Park (only 15 miles from Centralia!) 
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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

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2005 Photos
of Centralia


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2004 Photos
of Centralia

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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


July 5th 2008 Centralia PA

I just recently moved to PA from Wisconsin. While living in Wisconsin I came across your web page while searching for ghost towns etc across America. The photos you provided mesmerized me and I always dreamed of seeing the town first hand. After moving to PA I decided to embark on my mission. We left early in the morning the day after Independence day and arrived around Two O'clock. It was already a sweltering hot day and you could definitely tell it was warmer the closer you got to Centralia. We came into the Town from Mt. Carmel and parked at the north end of the closed section of Route 61 near St. Ignatius Cemetery. Surprisingly there were about 6 other people around that had the same idea as us. We moved from 61 across the highway to the old dump where the fire originated. Unfortunately for me I had neglected to bring a map of the area and hot spots so we missed the most recent one on the SE side of town. I should have walked a bit farther west. Darn. We proceeded across town to Railroad street observing where the railroad tracks used to run down the center of the road. Back at the car we checked out the area next to the graveyard that was still smoldering. The smell of sulfur hung heavily in the air and steam could be seen rising from cracks in the ground. I had a chance to snap a shot of white sulfurous crystals that had formed near a crack. The heat was intense.

You get a beautiful view of the town from there as well as the Russian Orthodox church on the hill to the north and the current mining operation to the Northeast. We drove a bit down big mine run and found an old abandoned house not far out of town on the right hand side if you are leaving. Huge piles of coal and what looks to be some old equipment reside there still. Once again I wish I had driven farther east to the hard turn of big mine run where the streams are. We finished our trip with the Old wash house at the south end of 61's bypass. Over all I spent most of the day there and had an amazing time. We didn't experience any real problems with the air or fumes aside from the slight shortness of breath near the burn areas as a result of the Carbon monoxide. Centralia is the definition of a peaceful town in my opinion. It's sad though to see all the graffiti and trash on the abandoned part of 61 and near the old dump. Centralia is still a beautiful place and it's sad that people have to ruin it be leaving refuse all around. All in all I would tell anyone who has the urge to see it to jump in your car and take a trip because it is definitely worth it.  I hope you all enjoy the pictures of our trip. Have fun and happy offroading.

Ian Mahun and Courtney McDonald




Amusement Park

Looking for a reason to visit Centralia?
Plan your visit around one of Pennsylvania's best kept secrets located only 15 miles up the road from Centralia PA.


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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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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

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  Gerry McWilliams and
  the album "Centralia"
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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.