Monday, August 22, 2011
Centralia, PA was a major coal mining town until the 1960's. At one time it had 27 saloons, 5 hotels and 6 churches. In 1962 a fire started in a stone shaft and spread to the gigantic mine that supported the town. Today there are only 7 residents left. The government declared eminent domain and relocated everyone that would move, the post office revoked the zip code, and slowly each vacant building was demolished. Today there are only 5 houses, 3 graveyards, and one church left. The streets are still there, but extremely overgrown with all different plants. I had to check the area out. Here are some 360 degree shots of two major intersections. The first is Main St. and Peach St. and the second is North St. and Paxton St.