Centralia, Pennsylvania: Centralia Mine Fire

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Route 61/54, Centralia, PA
7 mi. W of I-81, north of Ashland, east of Mount Carmel. Rt. 61/54.
Gases are considered dangerous, proceed at your own risk.
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Centralia Mine Fire.

Centralia Mine Fire

Coal veins burning since 1961, almost all of the buildings and people are gone. Unsafe ground, noxious gases -- be careful.

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Graffiti Highway

Pagnotti Enterprises, owner of the Graffiti Highway property, is closing the highway due to trespassing, and trucking in 400 trailer loads of dirt from a local mining site.

[Steve Skovira, 04/09/2020]

The Highway, left abandoned by the underground Centralia mine fire, had its asphalt covered with graffiti by trespassing visitors. It has been officially buried.

Vent pipe.

Centralia Mine Fire

Bloomsburg locals told me that policing has ended. Municipal building has Centralia post boxes, police sign, and inside the door you can see a cool "Keep Centralia on the Map" sticker. Back near the smaller graveyard you can see where original fire started. There are five large exhaust vent pipes. Roads in the town have been cleared and at least three fortress homes survive. Graffiti highway is a solid 3/4 mile of simple but colorful tags. Church up on the hill is in good form. Silent Hill movie ripped off the look. My 3rd trip over the years and it appears the town is more openly accessible than ever.

Careful not to get hit by off-road vehicles that travel undeterred. Great story! Great adventure. Do your background homework and you will find a well-documented historic tragedy. Nothing to fear here. It's safe!

[Matt, 05/03/2018]

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