Nov. 27, 2010

On the way home from David’s we took to the blue highways and visited Centralia, PA. In 1962 a fire was accidentally started in the town dump and it spread to a vein of underground coal. It burned for years and it seems not much was done until in the 1980s, a gas station attendant checking his tank’s levels noticed the stick was real hot, he lowered a thermometer and found the gas was over 120 degrees. That brought national attention and government money. But the fire burned on, moving down the hill along highway 61. (the cracked highway) The government eventuality bought out almost all but about 7 families still living there. As you can see, it is now a ghost town, empty streets run nowhere, smoke and steam still rises from holes all over. Scientists say the fire could burn for another century.

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