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Aug. 18th, 2013

Destination two: Centralia, PA. This used to be a mining town. In 1962, a coal fire started under it; it still burns today. You can see "fog area" signs as you come close, and sure enough it can get foggy after a rain (...though "steamy" would be more precise). There are sinkholes and bad graffiti on the old highway (now marked "Pennsylvania 61 Destroyed"). The town itself is an empty grid of streets, though a few houses (five families still live there), three cemeteries, and a church remain. In places, there's a distinct sulfur smell and the ground is hot enough to prove that there is indeed a fire burning underneath. There is also, of course, carbon monoxide.

The old highway.

One of the cemeteries.

This is what Centralia looks like today. There are a few buildings and the white church on the hillside. The rest are cemeteries or a forest.

The church.


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Aug. 19th, 2013 11:17 am (UTC)
Глючненький город, помню его.
Aug. 22nd, 2013 07:22 pm (UTC)
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