Centralia, Pennsylvania: 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

I went there a year or so ago and they began to cover the entire highway with soil. Basically nothing left of the place now, sadly.

[Dante, 02/19/2022]
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.

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]

Centralia Mine Fire highway.

Centralia Mine Fire

It's an interesting place to visit, especially if you research the story before heading out. There's a lot of vulgar graffiti on the closed highway itself. They did start to issue trespassing violations with fines this past year if you are caught on the closed highway section.

[Jill, 04/12/2018]

Centralia Mine Fire

Address:
Route 61/54, Centralia, PA
Directions:
7 mi. W of I-81, north of Ashland, east of Mount Carmel. Rt. 61/54.
Hours:
Gases are considered dangerous, proceed at your own risk. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
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