NAME: Centralia
COUNTY: Columbia
CLIMATE: Snow in winter
BEST TIME TO VISIT: Accessible year-round
COMMENTS: A few residents remain.Located along PA Route 61 about 1.5miles north of Ashland.
REMAINS: A few isolated rowhouses. Update:
Earlier this year, the last remaining residents went to court to stop Pennsylvania from removing them from their homes, even though the EPA and other enivronmental groups have stated that it is not safe for anyone to live there.  Apparently, these four families have been fighting the eviction for years and until just recently, Pennsylvania kind of forgot about them or maybe it was just a silent war.  I'm not quite sure what happened to make Pennsylvania finally say "enough is enough," but they did.  It looks like the residents were told to leave in late March or early April.  I have been trying to find the exact date, but I am unable to find it.

Here is the link to the town website, which is maintained by Columbia County, PA: http://www.centraliapa.com/

Tara Sauerwald 

Centralia was once a coal mining town with 1,100 residents.In 1962, the coal under the town caught fire as a resultof garbage being burned in an old mining pit. The fire stillburns today. Smoke rises from cracks in the ground. Thestate relocated most of the residents, but a few holdoutsremain today. Their isolated rowhouses stand scatteredaround the street grid, as the state demolished the housesof those who moved out. The houses are propped with brickcolumns on each side. The ground is hot to the touch inmany places. The town consists of a street grid withalmost all of the buildings gone, giving it an eerietwilight-zone feel. The government is currently tryingto evict the last few residents. The nearby town ofAshland is similar to the way Centralia was beforethe fire. Submitted by: Philip Allen

Centralia, May 6th 2010, looking east along Park St. from T-intersection with Trautwine St.. Cracks from which smoke rises from can be found to the right of the position were the picture was taken from. Unique experience, that's for sure!
Courtesy Roman Wiek

Smoke rising from cracks in the ground!
Courtesy Roman Wiek

St. Ignatius Cemetary
Courtesy Roman Wiek