U.S. CitiesCity-Data Forum Index
Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania
 [Register]
Please register to participate in our discussions with 2 million other members - it's free and quick! Some forums can only be seen by registered members. After you create your account, you'll be able to customize options and access all our 15,000 new posts/day with fewer ads.
View detailed profile (Advanced) or search
site with Google Custom Search

Search Forums  (Advanced)
Reply Start New Thread
 
Old 03-15-2011, 03:45 PM
 
Location: London, England
643 posts, read 1,059,944 times
Reputation: 162

Advertisements

I know that there is a mine fire under the town and just about everyone left apart from 7 people.

Did anyone used to live here or do they know people who did and what there a mass exodus or was it a gradual decline?
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message

 
Old 03-15-2011, 06:07 PM
 
Location: Selinsgrove, PA
1,518 posts, read 6,358,376 times
Reputation: 562
I believe it was pretty much a mass exodus when the government came in and bought people out. There's a town of "New Centralia" near Kulpmont (or Mount Carmel) where some of the people relocated. It's more of a housing development than an actual town, though.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-15-2011, 06:13 PM
 
Location: PA
563 posts, read 873,304 times
Reputation: 229
I went to college with a guy from Centralia. He said most left as a large group, and then the few remaining gradually dwindled down. Only a handful there now, older folks I think. Been by it a few times, not much to see at all.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-15-2011, 09:01 PM
 
1,271 posts, read 2,377,888 times
Reputation: 639
Quote:
Originally Posted by LondonUSA View Post
I know that there is a mine fire under the town and just about everyone left apart from 7 people.

Did anyone used to live here or do they know people who did and what there a mass exodus or was it a gradual decline?
I had some relatives that lived there and left a long time ago before it got really bad, the town was a typical small town in the coal regions up to around the mid 80's it was populated, then around that time 1986 or so they started the relocation project. Houses were vacated and torn down. I have not been there in years, but looking at images it's not even close to what it use to look like.

There was a movie that was partially filmed there in the spring of 1986 (though it's listed as 1988 which is not correct) called "Made In USA", with Adrian Pasdar and the late Chris Penn. Wasn't a great movie, but it had some scenes of the Centralia.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zIkt-...embedded#at=27
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 11:00 AM
 
Location: London, England
643 posts, read 1,059,944 times
Reputation: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by WonderingWanderer View Post
I went to college with a guy from Centralia. He said most left as a large group, and then the few remaining gradually dwindled down. Only a handful there now, older folks I think. Been by it a few times, not much to see at all.


Yeah I've seen it on Google and Bing maps and there literally is nothing there. Only a few houses are even visible and even the roads are starting to disappear. I'll be surprised if anyone lives here in 20 years time.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 11:13 AM
 
Location: PA
563 posts, read 873,304 times
Reputation: 229
Quote:
Originally Posted by LondonUSA View Post
Yeah I've seen it on Google and Bing maps and there literally is nothing there. Only a few houses are even visible and even the roads are starting to disappear. I'll be surprised if anyone lives here in 20 years time.
Here's a link to the most recent Centralia article in the local paper;

Few remain as 1962 fire still burns in Centralia » The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 05:38 PM
 
Location: The canyon (with my pistols and knife)
13,706 posts, read 20,408,486 times
Reputation: 16036
Ol' King Coal used to live there.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 06:01 PM
 
1,245 posts, read 3,001,201 times
Reputation: 529
"Centralia, Pennsylvania - Did anyone used to live here?"

Rumor has it people inhabited the town at one time, now nothing but trolls live there. I hear Charlie Sheen might be going there to clean the place up.

**Winning**
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-16-2011, 10:03 PM
 
9,845 posts, read 21,167,746 times
Reputation: 7710
Quote:
Originally Posted by LondonUSA View Post
Yeah I've seen it on Google and Bing maps and there literally is nothing there. Only a few houses are even visible and even the roads are starting to disappear. I'll be surprised if anyone lives here in 20 years time.
I drove through maybe 4-5 years ago and there really isn't anything left except overgrown streets and overgrown lots. A few houses, the church on the hill and the town municipal building were there. You can clearly see the steam from the fire.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 03-17-2011, 12:24 PM
 
Location: London, England
643 posts, read 1,059,944 times
Reputation: 162
Quote:
Originally Posted by wanneroo View Post
I drove through maybe 4-5 years ago and there really isn't anything left except overgrown streets and overgrown lots. A few houses, the church on the hill and the town municipal building were there. You can clearly see the steam from the fire.



Someone posted a news article on here. I think it says how they are trying to get rid off all the people still and get rid of the houses.
Rate this post positively Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Please register to post and access all features of our very popular forum. It is free and quick. Over $68,000 in prizes has already been given out to active posters on our forum. Additional giveaways are planned.

Detailed information about all U.S. cities, counties, and zip codes on our site: City-data.com.


Reply
Please update this thread with any new information or opinions. This open thread is still read by thousands of people, so we encourage all additional points of view.

Quick Reply
Message:


Settings
X
Data:
Loading data...
Based on 2000-2020 data
Loading data...

123
Hide US histogram


Over $104,000 in prizes was already given out to active posters on our forum and additional giveaways are planned!

Go Back   City-Data Forum > U.S. Forums > Pennsylvania
Similar Threads

All times are GMT -6.

© 2005-2022, Advameg, Inc. · Please obey Forum Rules · Terms of Use and Privacy Policy · Bug Bounty

City-Data.com - Contact Us - Archive 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24, 25, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30, 31, 32, 33, 34, 35, 36, 37 - Top