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Talking Points

In May of 1962 a fire was left to smolder in an abandoned strip mine that…

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Talking Points

Category Ghost Towns / Large / Medium / Small
Date October 18, 2015

In May of 1962 a fire was left to smolder in an abandoned strip mine that served as the town dump. Hot ash fell through a hole igniting an open vein of coal. Thus begins the story of one of the most well-known ghost towns in modern America – Centralia. With a constant source of fuel, an inferno blazed underneath this Pennsylvania coal town. By 1981, residents were asked to relocate. The population was over a thousand. Hundreds heeded the warning and evacuated. In 1992, Pennsylvania declared eminent domain, seizing properties. After years of litigation, a small handful of residents was allowed to stay. As of the 2010 census, ten people resided there.

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