Centralia Mine Fire

Discussion in 'Alternative Thought Forum' started by Christian, May 27, 2017.

  1. Christian

    Christian Knight Moderator

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    On this day in history, May 27, 1962...

    An underground coal seam began burning under the borough of Centralia, Pennsylvania. The fire is suspected to have been caused by the deliberate burning of trash in a former strip mine, which igniting a coal seam. Several attempts to extinguish the fire over a period of nearly two decades had failed. In 1984, Congress allocated more than $42 million for relocation efforts. Most of the residents accepted buyout offers and moved to the nearby communities of Mount Carmel and Ashland. A few families opted to stay despite warnings from Pennsylvania officials. The Centralia area has now grown to be a tourist attraction. Visitors come to see the smoke on Centralia's empty streets and the abandoned portion of PA Route 61, popularly referred to as the Graffiti Highway. However, the State Police have recently begun patrolling the area, strictly enforcing a "no trespassing" policy. The 2006 horror film, Silent Hill, was partially inspired by the ghost town of Centralia.