The words Dog Breed Info with the letter D inside of a black paw print

Centralia, Pennsylvania in 2015

A stop sign in Centralia with the word 'Don't' spray painted above the word 'Stop' and 'believing' spray painted under

We visited Centrialia in June of 2015. I only spoted two houses left in the town, although there could have been another I did not see. On October 29th 2013 State and local officials decided the remaining residents could live out their lives in their homes, after which the rights of their properties would be taken from them by the goverment through eminent domain. Most moved out and had their homes torn down. The mayor, Carl Womer, was one who had decided to stay, until his death in 2014.

Bruno the Boxer, Spencer the Pit Bull, Leia the Pit Bull and Mia the American Bully are sitting in a street in Centralia

The pack of dogs on Park Street, in Centrialia PA, Bruno the Boxer, Spencer the Pit Bull, Leia the Pit Bull and Mia the American Bully.

Bruno the Boxer and Spencer the Pit Bull are laying down on Railroad Avenue. Leia the Pit Bull and Mia the American Bully are sitting on Railroad Ave.

The pack on Railroad Ave, Centrialia PA, Bruno the Boxer, Mia the American Bully, Leia the Pit Bull and Spencer the Pit Bull.

Bruno the Boxer is laying down and Spencer the Pit Bull and Mia the American Bully are sitting and Leia the Pit Bull is standing in the road

The pack on Railroad Ave, Centrialia PA, Bruno the Boxer, Spencer the Pit Bull, Mia the American Bully and Leia the Pit Bull.

Centralia wasteland with trees and black gravel

The fires are still burning underground moving along the coal vain, although it was difficult to locate the exact spots with the summer heat preventing the steam from being visible above ground. We will have to go back when the temperature is colder if we want to clearly see where the ground is the hottest indicating the active fire.

Bulldozed piles of Asphalt

The town now seems to be just a tourist attraction and a place people ride their 4-wheel drive vehicles, ATVs and motorcycles. There is graffiti in various spots along with broken glass. The streets are crumbling and the asfult is bull dozed into piles. The town is gone.

Nature taking back the land. Roads being overrun with forrestry

Nature begins to push its way back into grassy fields and woods.

A Tree stump with graffiti on it

A tree stump with graffiti on it.

A Puddle in the crumbling Asphalt. There is a widn farm in the background

In the distance you can see windmills on Locust Mountain ridge in Mahanoy City, Schuylkill County, PA. From coal mining to a wind farm, the windmill project was completed in 2009. The wind farm was partially funded with $59 million in federal stimulus money, which makes one wonder if that would have been better spent towards putting out the underground fire before it spreads to another town. While the mills do generate 128 megawatts of electricity, which is enough to power 64,000 homes in nearby areas of northeastern Pennsylvania, the wind turbines are a danger to birds and bats. According to a study done by Dr. K. Shawn Smallwood, an estimated 573,000 birds and 888,000 bats are killed in the United States every year by wind turbines (windmills).

Birds are hit by the spinning blades, but oddly enough, the bats do not die from crashing into the blades. Their death is due to the sudden drop in atmospheric pressure around the windmill. It causes the bat to have internal hemorrhaging, a condition known as barotrauma. Dead bats are often found right below the wind turbines with internal damage. If enough bats are killed it will alter the natural echo system, as bats eat a mass amount of bugs, which greatly helps farmers and people in general.

  • A Stone wall with graffiti on it
  • Asphalt that turns into dirt because of Underground Fires
  • A pathway through the trees
  • A dirt path with puddles
  • A Roadway through the trees
  • A look at the forrestry in Centralia
  • A tree over a road in Centralia
  • A road going through the trees
  • A Path off of the road through the trees
  • A look down the center of the street in Ashland, a neighboring town to Centralia with row homes and cars parked along both sides of the street

This is the neighboring town of Ashland, PA in June of 2015 giving you an idea of what Centralia might have looked like had the underground fire not started back in 1962.

The History of Centralia

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