P = Pennsylvania
Our tour stops in an odd place off of Route 61 in Columbia County. Be prepared there will be no amenities. There is a town in Pennsylvania and the population is 12. Welcome to the ghost town of Centralia, PA.
"This was a world where no human could live, hotter than the planet Mercury, its atmosphere as poisonous as Saturn's. At the heart of the fire, temperatures easily exceeded 1,000 degrees Fahrenheit [540 degrees Celsius]. Lethal clouds of carbon monoxide and other gases swirled through the rock chambers."— David DeKok, Unseen Danger: A Tragedy of People, Government, and the Centralia Mine Fire (University of Pennsylvania Press, 1986) Taken from Wiki
From the quote above it sounds like hell on earth. Today very few homes remain, and after 50 years the fire still burns. The area looks like a field with paved streets with smoke that still billows up from the ground.
Enter at your own risk!
Biblio: Wiki, picture source
That is spooky. I'm surprised no entrepeneur has marketed it as some kind of theme park. Underground mines are fascinating. Much of Bath is riddled with old mines, some of which are in a parlous state. A bunch of Welsh miners were recently brought in to effect repairs. We have one burning mine in the Midlands - how long is your one expected to last?
I live in Ohio and have driven through PA several times on trips east but have never heard of this town or what happened there. How horrific!
Creepy. Reminds me of the Silent Hill movie. The MC goes to a town that has some fire burning that has been raging on for years and it's quite toxic. Inspiration maybe?
I've not heard of that town. Wow. Definite fodder for a story...
Quelle bizarre. How is it possible that the fire still burns? Like, why hasn't local government sorted that out, already? (OK, there's not a local government, 'cause ain't nobody there, but still, there's government within a few miles' radius, surely?)
Some Dark Romantic
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