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    Playing in the mine fire

    Mini & I tried to hit some of the trails at Natalie this morning but it was pretty tough going with much more snow than we expected.

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    We slid / fell / fooled around there for awhile and then we decided to head over to Graffiti Highway in Centralia to check out the mine fire. It had been quite awhile since I was over that way - Lots of cool new graffiti since since the last time I was there.

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    Looks like rough going in the snow. Come on January thaw!!!

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    I remember walking the road down the hill from Centralia to look at the fire after the road closed but before the graffiti started when I was in college at Bucknell in the '90s. Defintely a unique place . . .

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    some cool pics.....

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    Funny thing is that when I was there maybe 15 years ago, the crack in the road was only about 8" across. I'd never guess that someday an entire mtb could fit.

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    It is a strange and amazing place. You feel like you're in a sci-fi movie. Not just Graffiti Highway but the whole town with no houses - just empty streets.

    When I started working my present job 18 years ago all those houses were there. I used to go through there all the time. That's a pretty short time period on the archeological scale for a whole town to completely disappear. I always think imagine if you grew up there and didn't know it happened, then you went back to visit and boom - the whole town's gone!

    They really could film a movie there - it's that eerie.

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    Centralia is one of the most amazing places in PA, IMO. I've been there a bunch of times for geology class trips and every year Graffiti Highway is different, but it's still eerie and creepy. The students in the classes I TA'ed didn't seem to get it...

    I don't know about movies filmed in Centralia, but the town in the original Silent Hill video game (and subsequent movie) was based heavily on Centralia.

    Pretty cool that there are trails near it though.
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    That place smells. I heard it was trash that is really on fire. Not coal.

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    Centralia.....

    Cool..oops..i mean hot place....remember reading about that fire and seeing a special on tv about it.............some of those Graffitti pics would go nicely in this thread that is been sleeping since July of 2010:

    Graffitti....seen any....Post some Pics..

    Next time were down Roaring Creek we will need to go over their to check it out....
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    Quote Originally Posted by joedirt24
    That place smells. I heard it was trash that is really on fire. Not coal.
    Back in the old days individuals and even towns dumped their household trash in the abandoned open strip mine pits on the surface - no big deal. Most of these pits were overlaying miles of older and often unmapped mine tunnels. Someone lit one of these trash dumps on fire in the 1960s and it burned for a while until it had worked its way down into the tunnel system which still contains millions of tons of anthracite. The state dragged its feet for years putting the fire out until a kid playing in his yard got caught in a sudden cavein and nearly fell into the fire but got snagged on a tree root and was pulled out. People's basements began registering high levels of carbon monoxide too. By this point it was too big to dig out or pump water in so in the 1980s and 1990s the state decided it was cheaper to buy out the town and demolish it. The fire's likely to be left to burn indefinitely with the state and federal government's budgets stretched thin.

    It smells because there's a sulfur smell associated with the burning coal coming out from natural and mademade vents around the fire area.

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    Grew up in Shamokin. They still dump trash in the open mine pits. It is a shame! My mom and sister still live there, but I moved years ago.

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    Scranton Patch near Wilkes-Barre

    It was a small mine company town complete with burning banks of slate and coal complete Ecological disaster!

    Arkansas reminds me a lot of Pa. but with out the mines.

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    Waking up an old sleepy......

    .....thread.....thanks Nank....cool to open Passion tonight and see the thread active again.....Ride On!
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    Quote Originally Posted by JeffSkisMontana
    .....thread.....thanks Nank....cool to open Passion tonight and see the thread active again.....Ride On!
    I had never looked at that thread before - definitely cool.

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