Centralia, PA - Photos
When you first arrive in Centralia, it will almost seem like a normal town. There are well-kepts lawns and a few scattered houses with people living in them. If you didn't know what was going on underground, you'd assume it was just another small town.
You need to drive to center of town to get the full effect of what has happened to Centralia. Picture a town of 1,100 people—with 99% of the buildings removed with little or no trace they even existed. If you want a good comparison, drive up the main road through Ashland, the town just south of Centralia. I use Ashland as a point of reference for what Centralia looked like before the mine fire.
Today, Centralia is criss-crossed by a grid of empty streets, with a few lonely row houses in random places. It has a surreal, Twilight Zone feeling to it.
Here are some of the pictures I've taken on various trips to Centralia.