The median age in Centralia is 64.2 years, 0 years for males, and 0 years for females. This Hotel subsequently passed into the hands of Reuben Wasser, but … So sad people have no respect! He told me about the boy in the yard and the hole opening up . Is Graffiti Road still closed to pedestrians? Hopefully in the winter, it won’t be so overgrown and we can see more. We were just there on 9/11. July 5th 2008 Centralia PA. Centralia PA 2008 January Photos and commentary by Donald Davis. I know they don’t want vehicles on the highway, though. Carmel. It was winter a lot of the town was still there and at so place when we were driving you could see spot in the wood on fire and I would as him why is no one doing anything about it . is The graffiti highway still closed off to the public? It’s sad and heart breaking to see what has become of this town. For a large portion of the highway, it looked simply like an overgrown, abandoned road, similar to the Abandoned PA Turnpike near Breezewood. Thank you I am planning to go back in couple of months, before those few house are demolished as well. Earlier estimates had put the seam’s value at $2-5 billion in 1970s dollars. Centralia is currently declining at a rate of 0.00% annually and its population has increased by 10.00% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 10 in 2010. Take care!! Found out afterwards from several people that the state police are enforcing the no trespassing and giving citations to pedestrian and vehicle traffic on graffiti highway. Andrew Shecktor, author “Centralia PA, Devils Fire.”. Your site brings back many memories. The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is Over 65. All we can say is if you have never been there and tried their hard ice cream you are missing out. A year or two later we were saddened to see a few more homes were demolished…Of course no pics. Lola is 100% correct on this situation from all the research i have done and talking to the very few residents of Centralia that was the plan of the government. The old route 61 with its grafitti is really cool and historical. If someone can tell me of a few places I would love to go and take pictures and may of them. My boyfriend, my sister and I tried to catch the third one but it ran away. However, I know that a lot of money was spent trying to put the fire out. So we’re going to go that way on our next trip. I honestly know very little about what has and hasn’t been tried at Centralia. Unfortunately, a high percentage of the graffiti was quite vulgar. Metal venting tubes dot the landscape here, but little can be seen of the active fire on most days. Jim, I just returned from Centralia. Saint Ignatius Cemetery and Saints Peter and Paul Cemetery are the ones on the left. What remains of Centralia reminded me of a scene out of “Twilight Zone”. A few 4-wheelers and some crazy kids caused this. I don’t think so, Thomas, but others might feel differently. When the town was still extant, there was a faction that believed that there was a conspiracy to take their land for next to nothing, in order to extract the coal beneath. Why could this fire not have been stopped by starving it of oxygen? The “Wash House” [where miners cleaned up and changed clothes before returning home from the mines], located on Rt 61 a short distance down the hill toward Ashland, had been torn down since my last visit. Sadly most of the town is gone, but I still think it’s a fascinating place to visit. The full extent of the problem wasn’t known until 1979 when a gas station owner in Centralia measured the temperature of the gas in his underground containers to be more than 100° above normal. The things you learn… And as for the paranormal side of it, I am looking for ghost town sites and stories as well…So even if I get nothing, supernatural-wise than I plan on still writing about it! I, however, loved the quiet little town. Maybe it would of solved the problem and saved the town. You can even place your hands in the cracks on graffiti highway and feel the extreme heat coming from certain areas of the cracks. I don’t know when the last post was made but it is July, 16, 2017 today. When the time comes for me to visit, I would love to speak with you!! As far as the mining theory, the reason for the belief that the state wants to sell the mineral rights to the mining companies is that there is over 2 billion dollars worth of coal that is very near the surface. Heck, people go to see “Old Faithful” all the time and the burning steam and potholes that open at random are certainly more dangerous than Centralia. Seriously? I love to learn more. Learn about upgrading this memorial… Yes local scumbags use it as a dump too. Or did the Odd Fellows just rely on the tombstone inscriptions as ‘the record’? they were patrolling thou but only to aid if need be. Very disappointing. Google Earth was a great help in finding things. I never really checked out the ones in the Wilkes Barre area (there are about 6 fires currently burning in that area. One of five churches in town when the first started, it is the only one still standing. And learn more than we know about this little town. Centralia, which is part of the Bloomsburg–Berwick metropolitan area, is the least-populated municipality in Pennsylvania. After the deaths of the current residents all homes will be destroyed. Having to leave your home is not easy but they received significant compensation & deals. Also be able to talk with some of the remaining people that still do live there. There is still a lot to see in Centralia, and there is still some smoking ground, better seen in the winter (but not like before.) Driving into town (across the street from the old VFW etc) and on the right, you can see the old foundations and what was really interesting was the paved back alleys!! The town once sat between Centralia and Ashland, near the Coal Miner Wash House on Route 61. The park bench which once stood in front of the Legion property on Rt 61 is no longer there. (side note: my Nan would always make us take Snake Mountain Road and stop at the springs for water) I found it creepiest in the 80s and 90s when the residents were gone but the smoke and desolation and boarded up buildings were there. Every tree driving back to make that left was marked with a No Trespassing sign, so we didn’t feel comfortable, although I wasn’t sure if it was just for the woods being off limits or the actual road….Anyone sure? However, in 1962, a fire was lit in the town dump that spread beneath the entire valley and threatened the community’s existence. I was born and raised in Pa and would love to eventually come to Centralia to visit and walk into the Cemetary as I believe I have family buried there,one by the name Ralph Owens so I hope the cops in that area won’t have a problem with me being there,I won’t vandalize but would pay my respects with a visit and take some pics. No one speaks much of it since even if the fire heads there, it would be quite a long time before it reached the town (the fire could burn over 100 years and may even burn itself out before that if it becomes starved of oxygen.). Just make sure you obey any private property signs, as a few people do still live there. It’s still an interesting place to visit, though, if you know where to look. We parked and walked on graffiti highway for a little bit. I plan on visiting Centralia in the summer. It sure is a shame what happened to all those people. The fire is underground and is still burning, with enough fuel to keep it burning for another 250+ years. There’s a further twist to the cited “conspiracy theory” about the coal underneath Centralia. For every 100 females there are 133.3 males. Also worth seeing is the former Veteran’s Memorial, which still has a chain-link fence and the base where the veteran’s memorial statue once stood. 2003 photos of Centralia. re reading your reply, I get it, but you are there. I remember when they re-routed the road. Visiting the Covered Bridges of Juniata County, Pennsylvania, Cruising the Susquehanna River on Williamsport’s Hiawatha Riverboat, Visiting the Amazing Jerry’s Classic Cars and Collectables Museum in Pottsville, Experiencing the Spectacular Vista at Hyner View State Park, I did a little more research and found exactly what you said and a lot more. Hi Jim, Even if there’s no smoke, however, the cemetery is interesting to see as the fence surrounding it and many of the gravestones show signs of how the fire has changed the landscape. Residents were able to make a deal. Sometimes, I’ll admit I find myself holding my breath until I’m thru that stretch of road! William Zeigler (1837 – 1905)* Centralia may resemble a post-apocalyptic landscape, but to Long and a handful of others, it’s still home. Also, any monuments or significant places would me much appreciated. Thank you for your reply! You can feel the holiday celebrations and the lives of all the humanity now gone. Societies often have cemetery records or know where to find them. I think what did it in with the enforcement was the food truck that would park on the north side of graffiti road and people just letting garbage everywhere. Menu. The Slate Speaks: The fate of Centralia’s Graffiti Highway. Joseph Ziegler (1841 – 1910)* The PA government was useless by way of bureaucratic delay. John Henry Ziegler (1884 – 1954)* So it’s March 2017 and a group of my friends and me wanted to visit Centralia and take some photographs at sunset. It is almost impossible to starve an underground coal fire. SYNOPSIS CENTRALIA, PENNSYLVANIA – A coal mining town of approximately 1,500 residents in upstate Pennsylvania is overcome by a massive underground mine fire which began in May of 1962. It is really a shame. Years ago one could feel the heat up to the knees when walking near the cemetery. The Odd Fellows cemetery is across the street from the St. Ignatius and the entrance to the “Graffiti Highway.” You have to go down the street a bit and then it is off to the left. Is your home there still standing? You are correct Sabrina, I live 3 miles away from Centralia and can assure you, the fire is still burning. Born and raised in Byrnesville. He replied ” the internet lies, there is no steam, no fire. Makes for great fiction though! Could see it 20 years ago but it is all gone.” We stopped by a pizza place in Ashland and asked the waiter the same question, She replied the exact same thing as the security guard, minus the internet lies. I have a lot of info and insite if your interested. Also try Find-a-Grave, and Graves a Million. There was only a small footprint left of where it once stood. Made for some really cool pictures. The other two cemeteries are still there and in good shape. Agnes Hutcheson Ziegler (1877 – 1897)* Share they do not actually own the land but they own the right to live on the land therefore they can not sell or rent the house they live in. Was there in the 80’s as a TV news reporter. Centralia, Pennsylvania has lost another resident, bringing its total population to under five people. Over the next few years, the Centralia, PA fire continued to burn around the community, increasing the levels of toxic gases like carbon monoxide to dangerous levels. The ground was also noticably warmer to the touch around these holes also there was snow covered ground inthe sourrounding areas but little to no snow in the the direct area. Centralia Tourism: Tripadvisor has 120 reviews of Centralia Hotels, Attractions, and Restaurants making it your best Centralia resource. Much better tale than Silent Hill… There are a couple of new documentaries out and coming out on the town and also a few new historical books written by local authors that are worth looking at. Such a shame what happened. Get directions, maps, and traffic for Centralia, PA. Not sure what will become of this, but I am also working at the state level to find out what is going on. No idea. The St. Ignatius and St. Peter and Paul cemeteries were well taken care of, but the Odd Fellows cemetery was overgrown with weeds and grass. Didn’t see the Odd Fellow Cemetery, I guess as one the comments mentioned it is cover with grass. I visit once in a while, and wrote the eulogy “Centralia PA, Devils Fire,” but I respect the ground on which the town once stood as hallowed ground. I remember asking what the pipes and smoke were. Didn’t make it but every summer since…. All (75) residents of this town/village had to abandoned there home due to high heat, steam, toxic fume from mine fire in Centralia .All is left is a Shrine on the side of Route 61. ( we actually saw this when we were driving to Centralia, but didn’t know what is was) the fire moved/ is moving toward Ashland. Very sad, all around. As Richard said, anywhere where there isn’t a no parking sign or where you would be in the way of traffic, should be fine. Centralia has a 2020 population of 13. After a 4 hour hike we went to an amusement park (Knobles. Three years ago I got many wonderful photos of a steamy area just to the side of Odd Fellows. I would have loved to have seen Centralia 10-15 years ago. After doing more research, I found out that’s where the Odd Fellow cemetery is and where the fire started. Locust Avenue etc. Eminent domain is when the government takes over the property. Hotels in Centralia Flights to Centralia Car Rentals in Centralia Centralia Vacation Packages Pennsylvania may have travel restrictions in place, including self-quarantine, due to COVID-19. I only read about the use of thermal imaging, no one offered photos that I could find. But please respect. Please if anyone comes across this black kitten, rescue it or leave some food for it in your travels. In many ways, it looked more like a set from a blockbuster action movie than a peaceful country highway. In 1962, a trash fire in a strip mine beneath Centralia, Pennsylvania, started burning. I have some information and photos on my author website at for anyone interested. Hopefully they get tired of harassing visitors at some point. I’m also wondering too what has happened to the Mayors house… He passed a few years back so wondering what they’ve done… He was interviewed for various articles and we read about him in the The homes may not be transferred, or inherited, by any family members. John Graziano, December 8, 2020. Sweeney you are incorrect. The fire was started by people, not nature. But what really upset us was the removal of all of the street signs… Before our trips we would look at the old pics so while we were there, could relate the buildings with the street names. So, what’s the history of the town and what is there to do when visiting Centralia, PA? See the full list: Hotels near Centralia's Grafitti Highway. I will try and make a trip out there to check it out. The … Sorry, but there are no local businesses to support. 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