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. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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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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Centralia Mine Fire

Graffiti Road is covered up with dirt since 2020, and there isn't much to see. No steam vents or heat patches seen or detected. The majority of the heat patches were northeast of the graveyard, however the fires are so deep into the mountain now, places of interest are only accessible via ATV and dirt bikes.

[Otter_Vs_Wolf, 07/29/2021]
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.

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