Anyone up for Centralia, PA

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Anyone up for Centralia, PA

Postby Whelan » Wed Nov 07, 2007 2:38 pm

Kinda interested in scoping out the place one day. If anyone is interested in meeting up there and doing some exploring of the abandoned town with the underground mine fires let me know. It's about a 4 hour ride for me.
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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby Baltovibe » Wed Nov 07, 2007 9:55 pm

Yea, I've always wanted to discover that ghost town also!

I was thinking of taking my dual-sport motorcycle so I can get around those barriers they have on the roads.

It's only about a 2-1/2 hour trip for me.

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Postby Whelan » Wed Nov 07, 2007 10:46 pm

I'd be taking the walking path through some of it. I just wanna head there with my camera and snap away.

If I can't get there before snow starts falling I would probably wait till Spring. Although I do have AWD, and it would be cool to see snow falling all around with liek 4-6" then you get to the town and it is bone dry.

I wonder how it affects the overall air temp in that little area.

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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby waveresponder » Thu Nov 08, 2007 2:04 am

sure id be up for meeting there sometime..since i live in montgomery county, pa

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Postby Whelan » Thu Nov 08, 2007 5:06 am

Sweet that's two. Of course I get to make the long haul but 4.5 hours isn't bad. Took me that long to get to Fairfax, VA from here to see my fiance at school.
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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby keithvibe » Thu Nov 08, 2007 7:51 am

I could be interested if it's a weekend... being it's about 2hrs away from me


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Postby 18stars » Thu Nov 08, 2007 8:46 pm

If you guys go....you may want to consider the famous Dutch Kitchen Diner in Frackville for a meal....its not far from Centralia and has good food and more atmosphere than the chains.....I'd also consider stopping by Pottsville for some Yeungling.....

http://www.dutchkitchen.com

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Postby Whelan » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:39 am

Why dont you come meet us and show us this wonderous place of food you speak of
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Postby waveresponder » Fri Nov 09, 2007 3:50 am

yessss...come showwwwww usssss!

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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby Shadow-Vibe » Fri Nov 09, 2007 4:47 am

Only about 1-1/2 hours from me. I'd have to see when you guys are willing to make the trip. I get my daughter every other week end

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Postby coldmm803 » Fri Nov 09, 2007 12:31 pm

IF it were to happen next summer and if i'm still living in PA or somewhere close i'd go but other than those circumstances i dont think i'll be able to. too busy with senior yr classes and senior project

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Postby Whelan » Sat Nov 10, 2007 2:40 am

Well it will either be very soon or next year early spring cause come summer I will be too swamped with wedding stuff.
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Postby NSimkins » Sat Nov 10, 2007 4:22 am

I've always wanted to check out Centralia... a good 4+ hours for me, but I'll consider it depending on what day you choose.

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Postby Whelan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 12:43 am

Judging by whats been going on with year end looks like it would be a next Spring thing, cause it is getting into family holiday season.
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Postby vibegtcouple » Thu Nov 15, 2007 3:39 pm

what is this place i live in york pa and i have never heard of it fill me in on what it is my my boy and wife would like yo go up or down were ever it is

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Postby Whelan » Thu Nov 15, 2007 10:48 pm

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/C...vania

Coal mine from the 50's-60's that a fire started in due to burning garbage. It has been mostly abandoned and only about 9 people still live in the town.

Kinda like an urban exploration trip.

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Postby Kevzaz » Sun Dec 09, 2007 1:46 am

I would go =]

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Postby Whelan » Wed Jan 02, 2008 11:57 pm

Keeping this alive cause the idea is not dead. Since its only 9 degrees outside right now not counting the windchill.
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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby Baltovibe » Thu Feb 04, 2010 10:51 pm

There is an article about Centralia today.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201..._days

Looks like if we are going to do this trip, we better hurry, before it exists no more!

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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby bodhi_tree777 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 6:20 am

Man, that would be a lot of fun. I wish more "meets" were in interesting places and not just parking lots. If I lived closer (or if this turns out to be next year) I would definitely turn up.

Take lots of pictures, in any case. I bet the 'ol Trix would look sweet with a toxic, smokey backdrop

I read up on this while I was at work today. On Wikipedia, there's a mention about Centralia and some murders back in the 1800's related to the mines and the Molly Maguires, Pinkerton Detectives and whatnot. Real shady, turn of the century robber baron kind of stuff. That led to a whole afternoon of reading up on early PA coal mining history (I'm a huge history buff, and kind of a nerd about stuff like this). Thanks!

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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (Whelan)

Postby Caretaker » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:05 am

The last time I was there, I was escorted out of the area by the police since I was driving around on paved sink holes. I have fond memories. I toured the entire anthrasite coal region as a Geologist in college.
Right now, I'm watching my driveway add up to 30 inches. Drove the '03 around to pick up some chinese for dinner (mango chicken if you must know). The car is a death trap compared to the '09. AWD serves only to power you through the snow on a straight line. My TC and SC on the '09 keeps me from skidding into the telephone poles as I "play" in the snow. My wife's AWD on the other hand will only help me plow straight ahead INTO the telephone pole!!
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Postby bodhi_tree777 » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:08 am

Quote, originally posted by Caretaker »
The last time I was there, I was escorted out of the area by the police since I was driving around on paved sink holes. I have fond memories. I toured the entire anthrasite coal region as a Geologist in college.
Right now, I'm watching my driveway add up to 30 inches. Drove the '03 around to pick up some chinese for dinner (mango chicken if you must know). The car is a death trap compared to the '09. AWD serves only to power you through the snow on a straight line. My TC and SC on the '09 keeps me from skidding into the telephone poles as I "play" in the snow. My wife's AWD on the other hand will only help me plow straight ahead INTO the telephone pole!!

Just started snowing here. I already have permission from the boss to skip out on work tomorrow morning, so I am well dug in.

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Postby Caretaker » Fri Feb 05, 2010 8:51 pm

Is it a coincidence that you resurrected this thread, or had you seen this article on yahoo?:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201..._days

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Postby keithvibe » Fri Feb 05, 2010 9:45 pm

Quote, originally posted by Baltovibe »
There is an article about Centralia today.

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201..._days

Looks like if we are going to do this trip, we better hurry, before it exists no more!

Quote, originally posted by Caretaker »
Is it a coincidence that you resurrected this thread, or had you seen this article on yahoo?:

http://news.yahoo.com/s/ap/201..._days


look a few post up my mang... it was the reason why it was brought back to light


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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA (keithvibe)

Postby Bastranz » Sat May 01, 2010 3:39 am

Wow, I never knew this place existed, as well as the interesting, yet sad, story behind it. It would be awesome to check out, and its only around 2 hrs away from me as well!

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Postby AdmRose » Mon May 03, 2010 10:01 am

It's interesting to read about but really you wouldn't know you'd missed it if you weren't paying attention. I've driven through there a few times en route to places in northern PA and upstate NY.
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Postby Baltovibe » Fri Feb 03, 2012 1:34 pm

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Re: Anyone up for Centralia, PA

Postby hotbug1776 » Sat May 26, 2012 3:29 am

50th anniversary tomorrow. Thought about going, I'll have to see what my plans are.
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Postby Caretaker » Sat May 26, 2012 2:41 pm

50 years; really? I did not know that I was born the night before the fire started. Coincidence? I think not :twisted:

I went on a Glassboro State geology field trip to Centralia back in 1984. We got run out of town by the cops after venturing too far down into some fire caves. I got to speak with several locals who remained (at the time) and who kept the local diner open. It is an amazing story.
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