Instagramming the Smoldering Ghost Town of Centralia, Pennsylvania
In May of 1962, a fire—the origins of which remain in dispute—ignited a strain of anthracite coal beneath a landfill on the outskirts of Centralia, Pennsylvania.
It would be nearly 20 years before the severity of the still-smoldering fire would become clear to the town’s inhabitants. All but a few residents voluntarily relocated to nearby towns in 1984, and despite the state’s reclaiming the land in 1992, approximately 10 people still call Centralia home.
The town’s abandoned buildings and fire-scarred landscape attract a few intrepid Instagrammers each month. Explore Centralia through their photos and videos by searching the #Centralia hashtag and visiting the Centralia, PA and Graffiti Highway location pages.
Okay but this is missing some super creepy info. Im on mobile so i cant get the sources for it, but they were just talking about this on NPR radio last week.
After the mine caught fire the town decided to call a vote as to if they should stay or not. People rallied for both sides, its not hard to imagine people fighting to retain their lives and homes, even in the face of such a threat. However, some of the citizens who wanted to stay displayed some really messed up behavior. In one case, a newly wed husband and wife got into an argument about if they should stay or leave Centralia. The wife wanted to leave, even though she was born and raised in the town. Her husband stabbed her with a kitchen knife, until she died. Then drove his car out to the mine fire and burned to death. He was from outside the town, and had only moved in after they were wed.
I also recall hearing something about several homes being molotov’d because individuals wanted to leave the town.
There is another case or two of violence errupting from this simple town.
Also worth mentioning this place is the inspiration for silent hill.