Centralia PA - 40+ year mine fire - Who wants to go?

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Centralia PA - 40+ year mine fire - Who wants to go?

Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:22 pm

Who's up for a road trip one day? I hear the best time to go is while the leaves are down - maybe late March?

http://offroaders.com/album/centralia/

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=XTDAJMXZQKo
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Post by hEaT » Thu Dec 04, 2008 11:43 pm

SVT Focus:

http://offroaders.com/album/centralia/i ... _8037a.jpg


Reminds me of the Chernobyl website, just a lot less creepy.
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Post by CV12Steve » Fri Dec 05, 2008 2:15 am

Sounds like a cook out. Be sure and bring marshmellows, and your wienies . . . I never leave the house without it.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 10:49 am

Centralia is only about an hour from Carlisle - I think you should re-route your trip in 2010 Steve .....eerily rising up from the smoke and ashes comes a throng of Merkurs, for as long as the eye could see.

It's also about a half-hour from Harry's U-Pull-It, the largest junkyard in the world (or so they claim). You could probably just skip Carlisle entirely and hang out in the coal region for the weekend. :lol:
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Post by hEaT » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:02 am

Harry's is pretty impressive. I was only there once and it was raining. I wish I could spend a day in there browsing.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 11:42 am

hEaT wrote:Harry's is pretty impressive. I was only there once and it was raining. I wish I could spend a day in there browsing.
Yea, it's very easy to spend a FULL day there, and still feel rushed for time when it's near closing time. That's why I don't think I'd recommend a one-day Centralia/Harry's trip, unless it was only going to be a "casual" visit to Harry's. I haven't done it in a while, but the best bet is to go there mid-week (Mon-Thur) during the summer, when they're open 9AM - 7PM.

Hmmm, maybe a Thursday visit to Harry's, sleep-over at some PA B&B, and then a Friday morning visit to Centralia on the way to Carlisle? Admitedly that goes against my earlier suggestion of a visit to Centralia when the leaves are down, but just thinking out loud now...
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Post by Frag » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:16 pm

Interesting, it's labeled on the map but seems like it's not really there if you try to get an exact match.

http://maps.google.com/maps?f=q&hl=en&g ... iwloc=addr
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 4:28 pm

Frag wrote:Interesting, it's labeled on the map but seems like it's not really there if you try to get an exact match.
How so? :?

It's sorta too bad that the state has knocked most everything down as they've claimed it. I'm sure the town would have much more of a "ghost town" factor if everything was left standing but vacant. Yes, I realize the State of PA probably didn't take my ghoulish interests into account when they made these decisions. :lol:
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Post by Frag » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:15 pm

Ahhh, nm... I thought if you put in a zip code that Google would figure the city out for you.
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:20 pm

Frag wrote:Ahhh, nm... I thought if you put in a zip code that Google would figure the city out for you.
Centralia loses its ZIP
By Rob Wheary, Staff Writer September 20, 2002
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CENTRALIA â€â€
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Fri Dec 05, 2008 5:29 pm

Here's an interesting page....
http://www.oddthingsiveseen.com/2007/07 ... ia-pa.html

Here's the first paragraph....

July 31, 2007 â€â€
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Mon Dec 08, 2008 3:26 pm

A longer video-documentary on the town.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vxidNSckKlA

The video is a little dated at this point. The home of Joe Moyer, who died in 2004 of "Black Lung", was torn down in 2007. Here's some before and after pics...
http://www.offroaders.com/album/centralia/ghosttown.htm
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Post by Rooster » Wed Dec 17, 2008 9:17 am

This would be cool to have a meet or cruise to sometime in the summer
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Post by DPDISXR4Ti » Wed Dec 17, 2008 10:52 am

Rooster wrote:This would be cool to have a meet or cruise to sometime in the summer
I'm thinking maybe sooner than that - perhaps the same week as Spring Carlisle, in case someone wanted to wrap that in and make it a multi-day event. You could actually make it a multi-day event without the Carlisle tie-in, as there's two U-Pull-It's within a half-hour of Centralia, as well as a car museum in Pottsville, about 15 minutes away.

Hell, maybe I'll put the camper top back on the Brat and go camping in central Pennsylvania for the week! :lol:
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Post by yottabit » Tue Dec 30, 2008 3:40 pm

Haha this sounds pretty interesting. I'd certainly be down for it if it is around the time of Carlisle. I wonder if that's where they got the inspiration for the movie adaptation of "Silent Hill"

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