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Project 365 - Day 116 - "Centralia, PA"

Project 365 - Day 116 - "Centralia, PA"
Made by veender
Centralia is a borough in Columbia County, Pennsylvania. As a result of a 40-year-old mine fire burning beneath the borough Centralia is now the least-populous municipality in Pennsylvania with just 9 residents remaining. The borough once had seven churches, five hotels, twenty-seven saloons, two theatres, a bank, post office, and fourteen general and grocery stores. During most of the borough's history, when coal mining activity was being conducted, the town had a population in excess of 2,000 residents. An exposed vein of coal ignited in 1962 due to the standard policy of burning the garbage on a weekly basis in the borough landfill, located in an abandoned mine pit in the southeast portion of Centralia. Attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful, and it continued to burn throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Adverse health effects were reported by several people due to the carbon monoxide produced. State-wide attention to the fire began to increase, culminating in 1981 when 12-year-old Todd Domboski fell into a four foot wide by 150 foot deep sinkhole that suddenly opened beneath his feet. He was saved after his older cousin pulled him from the mouth of the hole before he could plunge to his probable death. The incident brought national attention to Centralia as an investigatory group (including a state representative, a state senator, and a mine safety director) were coincidentally on a walking tour of Domboski's neighborhood at the time of his near-death incident. Route 61 has been rerouted around the abandoned portion. However, the underground fire is still burning and will continue to do so for the indefinite future. There are no current plans to extinguish the fire, which is consuming an eight-mile seam containing enough coal to fuel it for 250 years. Source.

Garage in Centralia, PA (read the story)

Garage in Centralia, PA (read the story)
Made by BrooklynBoy1968
In May 1962, Centralia Borough Council hired five members of the volunteer fire company to clean up the town landfill, located in an abandoned strip mine pit next to the Odd Fellows Cemetery. This had been done prior to Memorial Day in previous years, but in previous years the landfill was in a different location. The firemen, as they had in the past, set the dump on fire, let it burn for a time, and then extinguished the fire, or so they thought. In fact, the fire remained burning in the lower depths of the garbage and eventually spread through a hole in the rock pit into the abandoned coal mines beneath Centralia. Attempts to extinguish the fire were unsuccessful, and it continued to burn throughout the 1960s and 1970s. Adverse health effects were reported by several people due to the carbon monoxide produced.

"Remember When" - Shenandoah Pa

"Remember When" - Shenandoah Pa
Made by DeadFred.com
From a c1900 photo album .I was told that many of the photos in this album were taken in - Shenandoah, Pa anthracite coal region . The physcial album itself was originally purchased from one N.M Wonders of Pottsville.Pa .There is a sticker on the - inside cover stating this. There is only one name that I can find “ Miss Christian” . a couple of words * Thanksgiving* * New Years * ,*View Tumbling Run* and the letters *S S P*. The people in the photos ,about 70 photos, are limited to several young adults and about 5 adolescents over what I’m guessing is a years worth of photo taking ,, theres 11 photos of a parade in a town that has a “Sweeneys Cafe” . Some of the crowd are holding a Banner that has “Shenandoah “ written across it . Theres many seasonal photos ... and they are beautiful..

Sometimes You Get Lucky.....

Sometimes You Get Lucky.....
Made by eaglexl
View On Black A story.... I was meeting a friend at the airport tonight- he wanted to go for a night flight (which is awesome, the lights are beautiful). I was a bit torn because I could see that the sky had the makings for a nice sunset. But I had promised- so I headed to the airport. On the way I could see the sky in my rear view- it was developing nicely. I detoured by this little old church (built in 1863)- I had been trying to get a shot like this for well over a year and the conditions never seemed right. But Sunday night it came together... I slammed on the brakes and turned into the parking lot, grabbed my camera and.... well- here it is... no filters, no HDR... all natural, just as God intended......

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary

Hawk Mountain Sanctuary
Made by Faded Kodachrome
View east over the River of Rocks valley, with Hawk Mountain (this local stretch of Kittatinny Ridge or Blue Mountain) framing the left side of photo, Owl's Head and The Pinnacle framing the right side of the photo, and the River of Rocks valley in the center. The blocks of Tuscarora sandstone in the foreground were formed by freeze and thaw process during the Pleistocene, which broke this massive, ridge-forming quartzite into progressively smaller blocks. Some moved downslope as rock glaciers to form rivers of rocks while large pockets remained on the ridge tops like at North Lookout. More photos, maps, and details available below.

Our Next stop: Centralia, PA

Our Next stop: Centralia, PA
Made by road_less_trvled
Written by Alan Bellows for Damn Interesting There is a small town in Pennsylvania called Ashland where Route 61's northbound traffic is temporarily branched onto a short detour. Exactly what the detour is circumventing is not immediately clear to travelers, however few passers-by pay it any mind… a detour is nothing unusual. But anyone who ignores the detour and ventures along the original route 61 highway will soon encounter an abrupt and unexplained road closure. Beyond it lies a town filled with overgrown streets, smoldering earth, and ominous warning signs. It is the remains of the borough of Centralia.

Sunset Lit Moon

Sunset Lit Moon
Made by MikeMcGowan
Went back to Hawk Mountain to get pictures of with the fall colors. Mostly all the trees were turned, but I feel it's still gona look even better than this. It was beautiful though, ended up staying til dark and even got shots of the moon as it was reflecting the orange from the sunset. It's definitely a place I will never get tired of visiting. This is two separate shots, one for the majority of the picture, and one to give the moon detail. Blending it in with the clouds and the blown out moon was a little rough, but I think it looks good.

A Change of Ownership

A Change of Ownership
Made by Nichole Renee...is mostly away :(
An old storage building not far from where I live is undergoing a change of ownership. Not from human to human but from human to bird. As more and more of the roof rusts through, more birds will be finding this a new shelter from the weather. Perhaps they will share it with the rest of the locals: raccoons, chipmunks, mice, and squirrels... One texture from and the remaining textures and birds from Distressed Jewell

Red Tailed Hawk @ Hawk Mountain, Pa

Red Tailed Hawk @ Hawk Mountain, Pa
Made by Nikographer [Jon]
larger I took a day trip up to Pa... 3hrs up, 6 hours there, and 3hrs driving down.... Exhausted. And the bird action on the mountain wasn't so hot. I saw a bunch of Sharpies, Red-Tails, Turkey Vultures, but that's about it, and all fairly far off... The above is from inside when they ran their little show with a RT Hawk, and an Owl. www.hawkmountain.org/

Abandoned for good

Abandoned for good
Made by road_less_trvled
At that point, about seven million dollars had been spent in the firefighting effort. Experts determined that the only option remaining to effectively battle the fire would be a massive trenching operation, at the cost of about $660 million, with no guarantee of success. Left with such limited options, the state of Pennsylvania basically condemned the entire town, and spent $42 million in government funds relocating most of its residents.

Excelsior--Enterprise Coal Co Houses--Coal Patch Town

Excelsior--Enterprise Coal Co Houses--Coal Patch Town
Made by Peachhead (Loretta Killian)
Not sure if these homes are still standing. Anyone know? The coal companies built crappy housing for their workers who also bought their food and sundries from the company store. It was virtually slave labor in the mines in the old days....... The little company towns were called Coal Patches and many still exist, dotted amongst the culm banks and back roads of NE PA. This photo probably taken in the late 50s, early 60s.

Shamokin, PA---Wachowiak Tavern--note beer and other advertising

Shamokin, PA---Wachowiak Tavern--note beer and other advertising
Made by Peachhead (Loretta Killian)
I just love old advertising and I often take photos of signs and advertising while shooting other photos. It looks cool when you see it 20 years later---or more, like in this photo, probably taken in the 1930s by the late Paul Thomas of Shamokin, PA. See many more photos of the area by Paul and his father Myron Thomas at the Northumberland County Historical Society in Sunbury, PA. [Geotagged location is approximate.]

Cocktail Lounge

Cocktail Lounge
Made by i saw the Sign
Blu Tavern Llewellyn PA U.S. Route 209 The door to the Cocktail Lounge at the Blue Tavern, operated since 1946 by three generations of the Massari family, has a bit of a nautical look about it. Maybe its that portal window in the quilted stainless door that does it? And I don't recall ever seeing corbels made of stainless steel. They seem at odds with the rest of the look, but yet in some strange way...it all works.

Main Street USA

Main Street USA
Made by Nichole Renee...is mostly away :(
I grew up on a farm, so other than riding down Main Street in the car or on the school bus, I didn't have much chance to be a part of a small town, Main Street experience. I think that's why, now, I have a bit of a fascination with the main streets of small towns... Four textures and one bird brush by Distressed Jewell

North Lookout

North Lookout
Made by MikeMcGowan
Went back to Hawk Mountain to get pictures of with the fall colors. Mostly all the trees were turned, but I feel it's still gona look even better than this. It was beautiful though, ended up staying til dark and even got shots of the moon as it was reflecting the orange from the sunset. It's definitely a place I will never get tired of visiting.

Shamokin, PA-Gas station SW corner 6th and Walnut St

Shamokin, PA-Gas station SW corner 6th and Walnut St
Made by Peachhead (Loretta Killian)
I remember those racks filled with motor oil in between the pumps. Sign on far right says 24 cents a gallon. Wish it was still that way.......... Nice industrial buildings in the background. Circa early 1950s. THIS PHOTO IS YET ANOTHER REMINDER TO TAKE PHOTOS OF THE EVERYDAY THINGS IN LIFE BECAUSE LOOK HOW COOL THIS IS TO LOOK BACK ON!!!!!!

Fall Reflections

Fall Reflections
Made by rob_valine
This is a photo that was taken in Port Clinton, Pennsylvania in Berks County. This was a long exposure at dusk. These are trees along the banks of the Schuylkill river. To see more of my Landscape photos, Go to robvalineimages.com/-/robvalineimages/gallery.asp?cat=9789

Hawk Mountain

Hawk Mountain
Made by MikeMcGowan
Went back to Hawk Mountain to get pictures of with the fall colors. Mostly all the trees were turned, but I feel it's still gona look even better than this. It was beautiful though, ended up staying til dark and even got shots of the moon as it was reflecting the orange from the sunset. It's definitely a place I will never get tired of visiting.

Hwy 61 - Centralia, PA

Hwy 61 - Centralia, PA
Made by - pfulton -
The town of Centralia, PA has been plagued with an underground coal fire for the past 44 years causing most of the population to leave, many of the buildings to be abandoned or burnt, and many places such as along the highway to collapse or shift as the burning sections underground start to cave in. See the others pictures in this .

Caged Beauty

Caged Beauty
Made by Photo Amy
I don't know what kind of flower this is, but it is beautiful in its spiky-ness. I guess those outer barbs stop things from eating the flower...maybe we can get some of these for our garden so that the squirrels and rabbits stop eating the pretty flowers...Have a great Wednesday. Thanks to Kosmos3 who identified this for me!



Nearest places of interest:

Auburn & Susquehanna Bridge RR (Abdandoned)
Lebanon County, Pennsylvania
Berks County, Pennsylvania
Reading Regional Airport (RDG)
  Luzerne County, Pennsylvania
Carbon County, Pennsylvania
Columbia County, Pennsylvania
Northumberland County, Pennsylvania

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