So this past weekend I was able to make a trail ride up to Centralia, PA. To those unfamiliar with the area, it used to be a booming coal mining town until some idiot started a garbage fire that ended up going into an active anthracite mine. For the past 30 years, the mine has been burning underground. My dad was along for the ride and was sharing stories with me of when Centralia used to be a town, when he and his family would drive through their on the way home from the mountains, and how he remembered when the fire began and how it was a huge disaster.
Since the fire began back in the late 1970s, the entire town has been basically condemned by the government and abandoned by residents. To this day, there are maybe 20-30 full-time residents left in the town. Driving around old streets that are totally empty and overgrown was a very eerie experience. This town was the inspiration for the video game and subsequent movie "Silent Hill." Centralia is the real Silent Hill...I could not imagine being in the are at night. Smoke still comes from the ground in many places, and much of the ground int he area is warm to the touch. The addition of fall foliage and a good group of Jeeps made for a nice fall day.
Here are a few pics I was able to get before the battery on my phone ran out.
We all met up at the top of a closed down section of road, good place for a group shot.
We all took a walk down the closed section of Route 61 to check out an area where the fire was actively burning.
Here is the section of road the broke away, the ambient air temp in this crevice measured 150 degrees, and although you can't really see it in the pics, there is smoke emitting from the holes.
Big ass hole
One of the few shots I was able to get actually on a trail, I found myself busy driving...
Here you can see some of the smoke and hot rocks