Centralia, PA

Ben Ruset

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Yesterday I went out to visit Centralia, PA - crossing one thing off my bucket list of things to do in the process. For those who don't know, Centralia is the site of a underground coal fire that has been burning since the 1960s. Most of the residents have left (some willingly, some forced out) and only about 10 people remain. It's a very eerie place to visit - just seeing overgrown streets with no houses on either side, steam billowing up from the ground, and a section of highway that has been abandoned because it kept caving in. I couldn't help but compare Centralia to Carusoeville.

This is another set of HDR photos, so things may seem a bit surreal.

The entire album: Centralia, PA - 7/28/2011

Some highlights:


Untitled by benruset, on Flickr


Untitled by benruset, on Flickr


Highway to Hell by benruset, on Flickr


Untitled by benruset, on Flickr


Highway to Heaven by benruset, on Flickr


Sad Statue by benruset, on Flickr
(^^^ This is one of my favorite photos from the day.)


Fire by benruset, on Flickr
 
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manumuskin

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Your awful young for a bucket list but then again my eleven year old granddaughter just the other day was referring to hers.I have a semi bucket list but if I don't get it done by the time I kick it I'll just get r done when I get back.By the way awesome shots.Can't find any auto bracketing feature on my camera but I guess I can do this manually.I know how to change shutter speed to change my exposure so hopefully that will do it.I'll throw some questions at Whip and i may spring for the software.
Al
 

Teegate

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A nice trip Ben! Thanks for the great photo's.

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46er

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And it all was started by their fire dept burning trash. From what folks have told me that have visited, you have to be fairly careful where you go. All mentioned that the low areas are filled with noxious gases. This place is also on my list, but like Jockey Hollow, in the winter.
 

dogg57

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And it all was started by their fire dept burning trash. From what folks have told me that have visited, you have to be fairly careful where you go. All mentioned that the low areas are filled with noxious gases. This place is also on my list, but like Jockey Hollow, in the winter.
Never knew that about the trash and fire company

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Centralia,_Pennsylvania
 

gipsie

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One of my favorite places ever! I have been there many times and have seen the smoke coming out of holes in the ground in the old graveyard.....definitely surreal!
 

John E.

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Great trip Ben. The fire was actually started by the residents burning their trash at the "town dump" which was a common thing to do. When the coal caught fire the fire department was called and put it out, however, it reignited after they left and got into the coal seam where it has been burning ever since. If you ever want to go up again, give me a shout and I would be happy to take you.
 

bobpbx

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He mentioned Three Mile Island in the song. That was a tense time, I tell you. I think it was a few weeks of worry for us in NJ at that time.